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Level 3 Anatomy for Sports Massage Mock Exam

The following Level 3 Anatomy for Sports Massage mock exam is provided as a FREE resource for anybody working towards a sports massage course or qualification to help them better prepare for their final exams.

The Level 3 Anatomy for Sports Massage exam includes a wide-range of knowledge and understanding questions relating to many different areas of anatomy and physiology, including the musculoskeletal system, cardiorespiratory system, nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, urinary system and the skin.

There are 40 multiple-choice questions presented in this mock exam and you are required to answer 28 correctly (70%) in order to pass.

Good luck!

1/40: Which of the following skin conditions results from a bacterial infection of the sebaceous glands?

A

Calluses

B

Acne

C

Athlete’s foot

D

Moles

2/40: Where is sebum produced?

A

Hair follicle

B

Sweat gland

C

Fat cell

D

Sebaceous gland

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3/40: What is a plexus?

A

A motor nerve

B

A sensory nerve

C

A mixed nerve

D

A bundle of nerves

4/40: Which of the following bursae is located in the ankle?

A

anserinus

B

Popliteal

C

Iliopectineal

D

Retrocalcaneal

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5/40: Which one of the following is a benefit of regular sports massage?

A

Lowered risk of injury

B

Increased CV fitness

C

Stronger bones

D

Weight loss

6/40: Which of the following is a function of lymph nodes?

A

To emulsify fats

B

To produce lymph

C

To produce lymphocytes

D

To produce red blood cells

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7/40: How many bones comprise the acetabulum?

A

1

B

2

C

3

D

4

8/40: Which of the following knee ligaments can be described as wide and strap-like?

A

Anterior cruciate

B

Posterior cruciate

C

Lateral collateral

D

Medial collateral

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9/40: Which one of the following is a para-sympathetic response of the nervous system?

A

Decreased blood pressure

B

Increased heart rate

C

Pupil dilation

D

Decreased saliva production

10/40: How do frictions aid recovery from injury?

A

Increasing pain in a localised area will result in an acceleration of the body’s natural repair process

B

The heat generated makes the tissues sweat which helps lubricate the area

C

By reducing localised areas of congestion within tissues, thereby improving blood flow

D

By making tissues more adherent, helping them stick together more easily

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11/40: The vasodilation of blood vessels which occurs during sports massage is primarily due to:

A

Physiological effects

B

Physical effects

C

Psychological effects

D

The placebo effect

12/40: How many menisci are there in a healthy knee?

A

1

B

2

C

3

D

4

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13/40: How does the lymphatic system aid digestion?

A

By secreting hormones

B

By absorption of lipids from the small intestine

C

By producing digestive enzymes

D

By peristalsis

14/40: What are the actions of subscapularis?

A

Adduction and medial rotation of the shoulder

B

Abduction and medial rotation of the shoulder

C

Adduction and lateral rotation of the shoulder

D

Abduction and lateral rotation of the shoulder

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15/40: What is the name given to the liquid that flows around the lymphatic system?

A

Plasma

B

Lymph

C

Interstitial fluid

D

Tissue fluid

16/40: What is a hormone? (1 mark)

A

A chemical messenger

B

A vitamin

C

An endocrine cell

D

An endocrine gland

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17/40: What is the primary purpose of the fibula?

A

To give strength to the leg when weight bearing

B

To provide a surface for attachment of flexor digitorum longus

C

To provide a surface for attachment of the peroneal muscles

D

To limit eversion of the ankle

18/40: What is the name of the largest part of the brain?

A

Cerebrum

B

Cerebellum

C

Diencephalon

D

Brain stem

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19/40: Oedema results from the excess of what type of liquid?

A

Lymph

B

Plasma

C

Interstitial fluid

D

Water

20/40: Reduction in stress is a...

A

Parasympathetic response to massage

B

Physical response to massage

C

Psychological response to massage

D

Sympathetic response to massage

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21/40: What is the name of the pigment that darkens in response to UV radiation?

A

Keratin

B

Collagen

C

Melanin

D

Thrombin

22/40: What is the name of the protein that toughens the skin cells within the epidermis?

A

Sebum

B

Collagen

C

Keratin

D

Elastin

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23/40: The physical effects of sports massage result primarily from:

A

Changes which occur to the client’s mental state

B

Changes which occur as a result of sympathetic and/or parasympathetic responses

C

Changes which occur to the properties of connective tissue

D

Changes caused by the placebo effect

24/40: What are the names of the 2 divisions of the skin?

A

Primary stratus and secondary stratus

B

Primary stratum and secondary stratum

C

Dermis and epidermis

D

Dermis and endodermis

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25/40: Where in the body are the inguinal nodes?

A

In the armpit

B

Behind the knee

C

In the groin

D

In the neck

26/40: Which one of the following situations is most likely to trigger a para-sympathetic response?

A

Anticipation at the start line of a race

B

Eating a large meal

C

Waking in the night and hearing movement downstairs

D

Having a massage for the first time

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27/40: What are the names of the two components of intervertebral discs?

A

Annulus pulposus and nucleus fibrosus

B

Annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus

C

Annulus pulposus and nucleus pulposus

D

Annulus fibrosus and nucleus fibrosus

28/40: Which one of the following muscles attaches to the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS)?

A

Sartorius

B

Gracilis

C

Pectineus

D

Rectus femoris

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29/40: Which of the following is a function/are functions of the cerebellum?

A

Interpretation of visual and auditory input

B

Short-term memory

C

Balance and co-ordination

D

Interpretation of taste and olfactory input

30/40: What causes the flow of lymph to slow as it passes through a lymph node?

A

The narrowing of lymph vessels upon entry

B

Having fewer lymphatic vessels leaving nodes than entering

C

Non–return valves which prevent back-flow

D

Gravity which causes a passive peripheral resistance

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31/40: Which one of the following is a sympathetic response of the nervous system?

A

Decreased blood pressure

B

Increased heart rate

C

Pupil constriction

D

Increased saliva production

32/40: What are the actions of peroneus longus?

A

Dorsiflexion and inversion

B

Plantar flexion and inversion

C

Dorsiflexion and eversion

D

Plantar flexion and eversion

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33/40: Which of the following skin conditions results in cauliflower-like growths?

A

Warts

B

Dermatitis

C

Psoriasis

D

Moles

34/40: How many layers are contained within the dermis?

A

2

B

3

C

4

D

5

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35/40: Why may sports massage prove beneficial if it is applied just before an event?

A

The oils used could help lubricate the joints

B

If it is made to be painful, it will encourage the release of adrenaline

C

By optimising blood circulation, the onset of lactic acid production is delayed

D

By removing the necessity to warm-up, energy can be conserved

36/40: Where in the body are the axillary nodes?

A

In the armpit

B

Behind the knee

C

In the groin

D

In the neck

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37/40: What is the primary function of the patella?

A

To provide an attachment point for muscles

B

To prevent hyperextension of the knee

C

To prevent hyperflexion of the knee

D

To improve the biomechanical efficiency of the knee

38/40: What is the name of the surface formed by the superior (proximal) end of the tibia?

A

Tibial tuberosity

B

Tibial plateau

C

Tibial process

D

Tibial malleolus

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39/40: Which structural division of the nervous system comprises motor and sensory nerves?

A

Somatic nervous system

B

Autonomic nervous system

C

Central nervous system

D

Peripheral nervous system

40/40: Which of the following is a function of the skin?

A

Production of hormones

B

Temperature regulation

C

Production of Vitamin K

D

To help hold bones together

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