NSCA CSCS Certification Preparation Pretest

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Module 1: Anatomy and Physiology
1) All of the following sections of the sarcomere shorten during a concentric muscle action EXCEPT the
distance between Z-lines

2) The length-tension relationship of muscle is based on the following fact:
As muscle lengthens, the tension increases.
As muscle lengthens, the tension decreases.
As muscle lengthens, the tension changes and is highest at the shortest length.
As muscle lengthens, the tension changes and is highest at the middle length.
As muscle lengthens, the tension changes and is highest at the longest length.

3) All of these factors contribute to venous return EXCEPT
the muscle pump
the respiratory pump

4) This ion, stored in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, is released into the sarcoplasm to signal the beginning of the contraction process:

5) Which of the following will increase the dissociation between hemoglobin and oxygen?
high partial pressure of oxygen
increased pH
increased temperature
low partial pressure of CO2

Module 2: Principles of Biomechanics
1) Internal rotation of the hip takes place in this plane:

2) The joint involving the femur and tibia is an example of this type of joint:

3) Josephine performs a biceps curl, lifting a weight from the extended arm position up to full flexion of the elbow. This movement provides an illustration of this type of lever system:

4) All else being equal, this type of muscle fiber arrangement will be associated with higher forces:

5) You meet up with your friend Heidi in the weight room. You haven’t seen her since she'd injured her leg during track practice. You observe that she’s performing progressive loading exercises with her injured leg. From this observation, you realize that she’s probably in this phase of healing:

Module 3: Metabolism and Nutrition
1) The primary substrate for a 50-meter sprint is
creatine phosphate

2) The general recommendation for dietary fat is
10% of total calories
20% of total calories
30% of total calories
45% of total calories
55% of total calories

3) At the beginning of aerobic exercise, before reaching steady state, an individual will be in this state:
anaerobic threshold
lactate threshold
oxygen debt
oxygen deficit

4) The hormone used illegally by some athletes to enhance red blood cell production in the body is
creatine monohydrate
growth hormone

5) In order to lose 10 pounds, an individual will have to have a deficit of this many calories:
2,500 kilocalories
3,500 kilocalories
7,000 kilocalories
35,000 kilocalories
70,000 kilocalories

Module 4: Training
1) All of the following are examples of training adaptations for aerobic exercise EXCEPT
increased blood volume
increased capillary density
increased heart rate at a given rate of exercise
increased oxygen extraction at a given rate of exercise
increased stroke volume at a given rate of exercise

2) All of the following are signs of overtraining EXCEPT
decreased muscle glycogen
decreased performance
increased maximal oxygen uptake
increased muscle soreness
increased submaximal heart rate

3) During maximal intensity activities (>90% of maximum) which fibers will be recruited?
Type I only
Type IIb only
Type I and Type Iia
Type IIa and Type Iib
Type I, Type IIa, and Type Iib

4) Which principle of training is based on the idea that one should target the sport-related energy pathways and muscle groups?

5) Exercise results in an increase in this system's activity:

Module 5: Cardiorespiratory Exercise Prescription
1) Adaptations in all of the following contribute to increases in VO2max with endurance training EXCEPT
heart rate
stroke volume
mitochondrial density
capillary density

2) Which of the following is NOT a training goal for an aerobic endurance athlete?
increase VO2submax
increase VO2max
decrease lactate levels at a submaximal pace
increase the relative amount of fat used at race pace

3) An application of the principle of overload for an aerobic endurance athlete would be to have the athlete train
above lactate threshold
below performance pace
for a reduced duration
while targeting the aerobic pathways

4) Toni wants to increase the speed at the end of her endurance running performance. The best training method for achieving this goal is

5) Sally spent her Spring break training in the heat in Florida. She pushed herself more than usual and refused to take off any days. On three days she doubled her workout by running her program in the morning and again in the evening. When she returned from break, she found that her resting heart rate was higher than normal. This increase in heart rate was likely due to this:
overtraining syndrome

Module 6: Resistance Training Prescription
1) Which of the following is the most effective type of exercise for optimizing sport-specific muscular strength for well-trained athletes?
assistance exercises
core exercises
structural exercises

2) An individual’s 1RM can be assessed in all of the following exercises EXCEPT
the biceps curl
the leg (knee) extension
the shoulder press
the seated calf (heel) raise

3) This training goal requires the longest recovery time between sets:
muscular endurance
muscular hypertrophy
muscular strength and power

4) Which of the following statements is true about training to optimize muscular hypertrophy?
It should be high volume with a moderate-to-low intensity load and short rest periods.
It should be moderate volume with a moderate-to-low intensity load and short rest periods.
It should be low volume with a high-intensity load and short rest periods.
It should be low volume with a high-intensity load and long rest periods.

5) Ian is training his quadriceps muscles for muscular endurance. The strength and conditioning coach has prescribed three sets of leg presses. What is the optimum amount of time between sets to help achieve his training goal?
30 seconds
30 to 90 seconds
2 to 5 minutes
5 to 10 minutes

Module 7: Speed and Plyometrics
1) Have athletes perform this type of recovery between 800 meter sprints for the quickest reduction in lactic acid.
active recovery
no recovery
passive recovery
inactive recovery

2) To increase the runner’s stride frequency during the maximum speed of sprinting, use this type of training:
resisted sprinting
assisted sprinting
inverted sprinting
converged sprinting

3) Jake wants to begin a plyometrics training program, but his coach has advised him that in order to begin upper-body plyometric exercises, he must be able to bench press a minimum weight to be considered ready. Based on his personal information (height 6'2", weight 190 lbs., 22 years of age), what is the minimum weight that Jake must bench press in order to be considered ready for upper-body plyometrics training?
95 lbs.
190 lbs.
285 lbs.
380 lbs.

4) The ability to perform a quick change in direction of a movement such as that observed during a movement involving the stretch-shortening cycle is called
effort distribution
reaction time
reactive ability

5) Paula has several years of experience with resistance and plyometric training. Based on her training, what is the suggested plyometric training volume?
80 to 100
100 to 120
120 to 140
140 to 200

Module 8: Exercise Techniques
1) For most resistance training exercises, the athlete should be instructed to
exhale through the sticking point
hold the breath through the sticking point
inhale through the entire exercise
inhale through the sticking point

2) A spotter should be used in the following situations:
during power exercises
when the bar is not overhead during the exercise
when the bar is positioned on the back
all of the above
none of the above

3) The correct order of the movement phases used in a power clean is
beginning position, catch, first pull, scoop, second pull
beginning position, first pull, catch, second pull, scoop
beginning position, first pull, scoop, second pull, catch
beginning position, first pull, second pull, scoop, catch
beginning position, scoop, first pull, second pull, catch

4) Which of the following exercises would you recommend for increasing the strength of the middle trapezius?
back squat
vertical chest press
flat dumbbell fly
lat pulldown

5) How can the seated dumbbell overhead extension best be categorized?
upper body, multi-joint, back exercise
upper body, multi-joint, shoulder exercise
upper body, single joint, shoulder exercise
upper body, single joint, triceps exercise

Module 9: Measurement and Evaluation
1) Andrea finds that her athletes’ performance on the push-up test and the YMCA bench press test is not similar, even though both tests are designed to assess muscular endurance of the upper body. These tests appear to lack this type of validity.
concurrent validity
construct validity
content validity
convergent validity

2) Barbara read a research article that reported the Jackson & Pollock skinfold equation provided body composition estimates that were consistent with results from underwater weighing, a method considered the "gold standard" for body composition analysis. What type of validity does the Jackson-Pollock equation have based on this study?
predictive validity
construct validity
content validity
convergent validity

3) Of the options listed below, which test would be most appropriate to use to test the general strength necessary for a football offensive lineman?
the 1 RM leg extension
the 1.5-mile run
the 1RM bench press
skinfold measures

4) Which of the following tests will provide the most pertinent information about an athlete who is trying out as a spiker on the volleyball team?
the 1RM back squat
the 1RM bench press
the line drill
the vertical jump

5) Which description best fits a test of anaerobic capacity?
The movement is at low speed but requires one maximum exertion by the muscle.
The movement is fast and requires maximum effort for about 1 second.
The movement requires maximal effort for a duration of between 30 and 90 seconds.
None of the above.