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Anatomy – what a pain in the ischial tuberosity.

Many exam candidates think about anatomy and immediately become overwhelmed. If this sounds familiar, please read on.

How to Learn Anatomy

Here are some tips for learning the anatomy:

Choose a body part each week to learn the muscles and movements. A helpful technique is to utilize your own body to learn that week’s muscles and the actions involved, by getting out of your chair and create actions for your own muscles.  Look at a picture of the muscle, find it on your body, and picture how the muscle is contracting and what muscles are involved in the movement. Make the muscle contract and complete different actions that the muscle is involved in. If you can understand where a muscle lies and where it originates and inserts you can develop a better understanding of the movements associated with that muscle.

You can even incorporate this into your everyday activities without even studying. While reaching for your coffee mug, shutting the car door or bending down to pick up a book, picture your action, and then picture the movement and the muscles associated with that action. Then try to name the muscles in your head. You can even create flashcards with the names of the muscles for the week and carry them with you. You can also use outside resources, such as anatomy websites like GetBodySmart and YouTube videos to search muscle actions and view the movements.

Anatomy is important content! You can see how understanding how the body moves and creates movement with the muscles is directly related to being a fitness professional. There is no way of getting around the fact that you need to know your anatomy. So take your time, spread out your studies and get your body moving!