Acute Physical Activity for Motor and Academic Learning in Education-based Settings


  • Eric Roig-Hierro Universitat de Barcelona
  • Giordano Márcio Gatinho Bonuzzi Universidade Estadual do Piauí
  • Albert Batalla Universitat de Barcelona


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2024-02-06 — Updated on 2024-02-14