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Continuing Education Self-Test: Credits Provided by American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: July-August 2007 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 39-41
doi: 10.1249/
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To participate in this program, you must read the designated feature articles carefully, answer the test questions, obtain a passing grade (a minimum score of 60%), and complete the credit evaluation form. After answering the questions, turn to the bottom of the Table of Contents to score your exam. To receive credit verification, fill out and sign the form on page 41, confirming that you have read the materials and obtained a minimum passing score. Select the best answer for each of the following by placing an "x" in one box for each question.

CEC Self-Test #1: Overtraining: Undermining Success? page 8

by Paige Kinucan, and Len Kravitz, Ph.D.

1. Overtraining syndrome usually occurs because of prolonged increases in what two variables?

A. Rest and volume

B. Intensity and volume

C. Recovery and intensity

D. Rest and recovery

2. A contributing factor to overtraining usually includes a decrease in this component:

A. Core training

B. Stability training

C. Recovery

D. Proper breathing during exercise

3. Which of the following is (are) physiological symptom(s) resulting from overtraining syndrome?

A. Impaired strength

B. Insomnia

C. Chronic fatigue

D. All of the above

4. Immune system illnesses from overtraining are usually:

A. upper respiratory tract infections.

B. cardiovascular in nature.

C. gastrointestinal disturbances.

D. kidney malfunctions.

5. The best way to care for overtraining syndrome is to:

A. just work through it.

B. eat more food.

C. incorporate some type of rest into the program.

D. do longer warm-up periods.

6. Early nutrition signs of overtraining syndrome are?

A. Overeating and weight gain

B. Loss of appetite and unwanted weight loss

C. Consumption of diets high in saturated fats

D. Overeating and muscle wasting

7. Burnout can best be described as:

A. lack of enthusiasm.

B. dissatisfaction with an activity.

C. feelings of low personal accomplishment.

D. all of the above.

8. One of the most effective tools fitness professionals can do to prevent overtraining syndrome with their clients is:

A. keep accurate and detailed records of client workouts.

B. physically assess the clients regularly.

C. plan meals for the client.

D. answers A and B.

9. Which of the following suggestions may be preferable to focus on with a client experiencing overtraining syndrome?

A. Doing more stretching and core training.

B. Adding more exercises in the workout.

C. Shorter rest periods between sets.

D. Do more of the client's. nonpreferred exercises.

CEC Self-Test #2: Timing of Energy and Fluid Intake: New Concepts for Weight Control and Hydration page 13

by Dan Benardot, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., FACSM

1. An increase in physical activity results in an increase in the requirements for both energy (calories) and fluid.

A. True

B. False

2. Studies of athletes have found that large within-day energy deficits resulting from either dieting or infrequent eating results in a higher fat-free mass and lower body fat percent (i.e., more muscle and less fat).

A. True

B. False

3. The most important factor in weight control is:

A. the intake of fat.

B. the intake of protein.

C. the intake of carbohydrate.

D. energy balance.

4. Frequent eating patterns are associated with

A. better within-day energy balance.

B. more stable blood glucose.

C. lower insulin release.

D. all of the above.

5. Of the following substances, which is not involved in the internal production of glucose (i.e., gluconeogenesis)?

A. Lactate

B. Alanine

C. Glucagon

D. Glycerol

6. Sustaining blood volume is important for athletic performance because it is related to:

A. the efficient delivery of nutrients to cells.

B. the efficient removal of metabolic by-products from cells.

C. the efficient production of sweat.

D. all of the above.

7. An intense workout that "burns" 600 calories for more than 1 hour would require approximately _________ mL of sweat to remove excess heat.

A. 250

B. 500

C. 750

D. 1,000

8. People who exercise 30 minutes or longer should practice fluid consumption during physical activity using the following guideline:

A. 1 to 2 oz of a 10% carbohydrate solution every 30 minutes.

B. 3 to 8 oz of a sodium containing 6% to 7% carbohydrate solution every 10 to 15 minutes.

C. 5 oz of plain water every 30 minutes.

D. 1 cup of water containing 500 mg of sodium every 15 minutes.

(Answers can be found at the bottom of the Table of Contents.)


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