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    NASM PES practice test answers

    NASM PES Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 1-40)

    Q1: Which of these tests for sports performance can be used to determine accurate training intensities?
    A1:  3 – 5 bench press reps
    Q2: Which is the measure of pressure on the vascular walls between heartbeats?
    A2: Diastolic BP
    Q3: Athletes do not require sufficient levels of which physical attribute before progressing into a plyometric training program?
    A3: Cardiovascular fitness
    Q4: Which body area should be cued to remain neutral and stable throughout the exercise for it to be safe and effective in the supported dumbbell row?
    A4: The spine
    Q5: The recovery of which energy system is the limiting factor for rest period length when performing very high intensity training?
    A5: ATP-PC energy system
    Q6: Which resistance training system will aid in minimizing overall training session duration?
    A6:  Superset system
    Q7: When measuring skinfolds for the 4 site body fat percentage calculation, which site uses horizontal folds?
    A6: None of these
    Q8: Which of the following sports performance tests would be the least appropriate for a football team?
    A8: 1 mile run
    Q9: Which is an example of external feedback?
    A9: Watching movement on videotape
    Q10: What position can a muscle be immobilized in that will lead to an increase in force output?
    A10: Lengthened
    Q11: When muscles are stretched very quickly, which mechanoreceptor is stimulated?
    A11: Muscle spindles
    Q12: When performing a deadlift, which action can be reasonably accomplished to decrease the amount of force needed to lift the barbell? Changing your foot position
    A12: Changing your foot position
    Q13: Which of the following exercises is most appropriate for improving the stability of the supportive musculature of the shift and top pull portions of the snatch exercise?
    A13: Snatch deadlift from the blocks
    Q14: Which grip on the dumbbells is used during a single leg scaption exercise?
    A14: Neutral
    Q15: Which of the following should decrease in order to improve performance as an athlete progresses through a plyometric training program?
    A15: Amortization time
    Q16: Which muscle group is being targeted when performing a self-myofascial release exercise by sitting on the foam roller and crossing one leg over the other at the knee and leaning into the crossed side?
    A16: Piriformis
    Q17: An athlete who is dehydrated is not likely to display which of the following signs or symptoms?
    A17: Short-term memory loss
    Q18: For the promotion of athlete safety, which vitamin supplement should a Sports Performance Professional recommend not taking?
    A18: Vitamin A
    Q19: Which recommendation would be the most effective for the initial period of creatine supplementation?
    A19: 20 g/day for 5 days
    Q20: Daniel has two training sessions on Tuesday spaced four hours apart. Which of the following is the best recommendation for nutrition to maximize recovery between training sessions?
    A20: 80 grams of carbohydrate with 20 grams of protein within 45 minutes of completing the first training session
    Q21: An SAQ training program shows that linear speed, multidirectional speed and agility are all being trained on separate days. Which population has the Sports Performance Professional most likely designed this program for?
    A21: Young athletes
    Q22: During the higher intensity day during the first week of the base training phase of cardiorespiratory performance training, how many intervals could be performed during a 40-minute training session that included a 10-minute warm-up?
    A22: 5
    Q23: In the highest intensity training session during phase two of a cardiorespiratory training program, what is the initial duration of the zone 3 intervals?
    A23: 1 minute
    Q24: A Sports Performance Professional is preparing a training program to improve power for a female field hockey player. Which exercise is most likely to be included in this training program?
    A24: Medicine ball oblique throw
    Q25: Which supplement requires medical supervision for any use to occur?
    A25: Dehydroepiandrosterone 
    Q26: Someone has completed a marathon in a very hot and humid environment, consuming significant amounts of water during and after the race. They are disoriented and have a headache. Which condition are they most likely to have?
    A26: Hyponatremia
    Q27: Bob has been using creatine to improve the effects of resistance training on his strength and muscle size. Which of the following would be an appropriate daily amount for him to consume?
    A27: 3 grams
    Q28: Which direction is the cable pulled in a cable lift for core strength?
    A28: From low to high
    Q29: Which exercise is the most appropriate for improving stabilization of the glenohumeral joint?
    A29: Hands on ball push-up
    Q30: Which of the following does not affect the stride length of an athlete?
    A30: Stride rate
    Q31: Squats occur around which axis of movement?
    A31: Coronal
    Q32: Where in the body is the blood concentration of blood the lowest when an athlete is performing endurance exercise?
    A32: Pulmonary artery
    Q33: ATP production is highest in 1g of which of the following energy supplies?
    A33: Fatty acids
    Q34: What two muscle contractions make up the stretch-shortening cycle?
    A34: Eccentric and concentric
    Q35: What is a landing error in the Landing Error Scoring System?
    A35: Trunk not flexed at contact
    Q36: Which of the following tests is the least appropriate to use with an athlete in cross country running?
    A36: 3 – 5 bench press reps
    Q37: During a shark skill test pattern that took ten seconds to complete, an athlete’s hands came off their hips twice, their foot went into the wrong square once, and their foot turned diagonally five times. What is this athlete’s final total time?
    A37: 10.3 seconds
    Q38: Why is body mass index a limited measure of body composition for some athletes?
    A38: Athletes tend to have large masses of muscle
    Q39: You ask an athlete to perform a Harvard step test. What is the recommended cadence and duration of the test?
    A39: 30 steps per minute
    Q40: Which answer accounts for the increased need for protein above the minimum recommendation for athletes when they first begin a strength training program to improve performance?
    A40: Increased muscle hypertrophy rate


    NASM PES Study Tips

    (More) NASM PES practice tests

    The NASM PES practice test on this page only includes 40 questions and answers. If you want to get a full grasp of all of the possible questions that can be asked on the exam, I suggest picking up additional practice tests as well. These are incredibly important because they really let you know if you are fully prepared to take the final certification exam. One of the main reasons some students have failed is that they did not take enough practice exams in order to gauge if they were really prepared or not. I suggest the Trainer Academy practice tests, as they let you know which chapters/domains you are doing good or bad in and they have 400 questions in total.

    NASM PES spaced repetition flashcards

    The use of spaced repetition flashcards is one of the biggest tips I have for my students that are studying for NASM PES. Spaced repetition flashcards are basically flashcards that use an algorithm to show you the most important cards for you. That system works like this: The intelligent flashcards learn which cards are difficult for you as well as which cards are hard for you to memorize. It will then repeatedly show you the difficult cards until they become easier and easier. You will also have the easy cards shown less and less because you already have them memorized. This is a huge timesaver overall and will dramatically decrease the overall study time for the NASM PES exam.

    NASM PES study mnemonics

    Interesting and memorable mnemonics are another great NASM PES study recommendation. Memorizing challenging topics like the overhead squat assessment can be extremely tiresome and difficult to memorize. Creating interesting and fun mnemonics is the best way to go about memorizing these difficult concepts. It can be very helpful for many of the groups of information like the planes of movement. If you are going to create these mnemonics on your own, try your best to make them as weird as you possibly can, as this makes them more memorable.

    If you want a NASM PES pass guarantee, try using the Trainer Academy packages. They offer study material such as a fantastic study guide, five full practice tests, spaced repetition flashcards study, study mnemonics, Study blueprints, and study cheat sheets.

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