Anatomy, a Glossed Over Topic in the NSCA Book

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Anatomy, Exam Preparation | 0 comments

Let’s be honest, the CSCS as a credential is designed for people who have a related degree in the field.

Sure, like me, you can have a completely unrelated degree (Electrical Engineering in my case) and probably get by if you’re smart, study a lot, and perhaps most importantly have a good studying strategy.  I think a big topic that is assumed to be known is anatomy.

Let me give an example.  I came across a question today that I knew wasn’t really covered in the NSCA book, but I happened to know because I’m studying for a lot of different certifications and qualifications right now, and I happened to cover it in another one.

The question was essentially: (I have re-worded it because copying any of the NSCA material verbatim is a violation of copyright)

  1. Lifting capability for the leg (knee) extension exercise is affected by the angle of the hip joint….

I’m going to stop right there, because the rest of the question doesn’t really add anything.  At this point in the question, I already knew where they were getting, because I had just spent dozens of hours over the past 6 weeks studying anatomy of the lower body, muscles, insertions, and origins.  I never would’ve gotten this with the NSCA book alone.

Knowing about quads and hamstrings isn’t enough…

Knowing that the quads extend the knee and the hamstrings flex the knee, won’t be enough to answer the question.  To get this question or ones like it, you need to know a little more detail about the four muscles that comprise the quads:

Read these four wikipedia articles on the quads:

The key here is that there is only one muscle that crosses both the hip joint and the knee, the Rectus Femoris.  Because it crosses the hip joint, the angle that your hip is at will affect how long the muscle is and thus it’s force production and activation.

If you do not have a degree in a related field….




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