CSCS Study Questions by Chapter:
Chapter 1: Structure and Function of the Muscular, Neuromuscular, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Systems — This chapter contains a lot of very basic exercise science information and you definitely should have a good understanding of this material.
Chapter 2: Bioenergetics of Exercise & Training — This chapter covers the basics of the various energy systems within the body: phosphagen system, glycolysis / lactic acid fermentation, and the oxidative system.
Chapter 3: Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise — Endocrinology and hormones. What hormones are and how they interact with various tissues of the body. Hormone responses to resistance exercise and the physiological roles of anabolic hormones.
Chapter 4: Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise — Covers the bones and muscles of the body, types of levers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers), human strength and power.
Chapter 5: Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs — Definition of anaerobic training, neural adaptations to anaerobic training, physiological responses, acute and chronic adaptations of the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, potential for enhancement of muscular strength, and overtraining / detraining.
Chapter 6: Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs — Acute and chronic responses of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to aerobic training.
Chapter 7: Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise — Resistance training for children, adults, and seniors. Age and gender differences in muscular function.
Chapter 8: Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance — Psychological states and arousal and their relationship with physical performance. Types of motivation and strategies to control psychological and physiological arousal.
Chapter 9: Performance-Enhancing Substances — Performance-enhancing drug classes and substances and their effects and risks. Dietary supplement overview.
Chapter 10: Nutritional Factors in Health and Performance — Macronutrient recommendations for athletes, calories, dietary recommendations, micronutrients, fluids and electrolytes.
Chapter 11 & 12: Athletic Testing — Reasoning for athletic testing, types of tests, evaluation of test quality, and test administration guidelines.
Chapter 13: Warm-Up and Stretching — Benefits and procedures of warmup, types of stretching, flexibility exercises, muscular mechanisms affecting stretch.
Chapter 14: Resistance Training and Spotting Techniques — General techniques of resistance training including grip, body positioning, breathing, weight belts, and spotting. Overview of basic resistance training exercises.
Chapter 15: Resistance Training — Evaluation of athletes and design of resistance training program.
Chapter 16: Plyometric Training — Physiology of plyometric training. Guidelines for safe plyometric training. Overview of stretch-shortening cycle. Overview of various plyometric exercises.
Chapter 17: Speed, Agility, and Speed-Endurance Development — Movement principles, sprinting, analysis of technique. Methods of developing speed, agility, and speed-endurance.
Chapter 18: Aerobic Endurance Exercise Training — Factors related to aerobic endurance performance, modes of aerobic training, and aerobic endurance exercise program creation.
Chapter 19: Periodization — Definition and role of periodization in strength and conditioning programs. Overview of the traditional periodization model and its constituent phases. Overview of the four sport seasons. Application of program design variables to create a periodized training program.
Chapter 20: Rehabilitation & Reconditioning — Members of the sports medicine team, types of injuries, timing and events of tissue healing, goals of each tissue healing phase, and the strength and conditioning professional’s role during injury rehab.
Chapter 21: Facility Organization & Risk Management — Planning, designing, and building a strength and conditioning facility. Space requirements, equipment needs, ADA guidelines, and areas of risk.