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Human Muscular System - Introduction

Get a clear understanding of the human muscular system with this free online course.

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This free online course on the human muscular system teaches you all about muscle tissues and the types of muscles we have in our bodies. It explores skeletomuscular mechanics, the role of skeletal muscles and the effects that exercise - or the lack of it - can have on our muscles. It also explores the connection between muscles and the central nervous system, so if you want to know more about how your muscles work then start your learning today.





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Have you ever wondered how the muscles of the human body work? How they respond to impulses from the nervous system and what effect exercise has on them? If so, this free online course is for you! It takes you through the human muscular system, beginning with a look at the types of muscles and muscle tissues found in our bodies. The course then moves on to explore striated muscle tissues and skeletal muscles and their basic physiology.

Having learned about the physiology of the muscular system, you will then move on to study skeletal muscular mechanics, exploring how these muscles move the bones and joints all around our bodies. The course then dives into exercise and how, without use, the striated muscle tissue can be lost and can result in atrophy. It looks at how exercise can help increase muscle mass and how different types of exercise produce differing reactions in muscles.

Finally, the course moves on to explore how the nervous system controls the movement of skeletal muscles through neurons and pathways producing reflexes. This human anatomy and physiology course is ideal for students who need to learn about biomedical science and medicine, and also those who just want to expand their knowledge and understanding of the human body. So why wait? Start learning more about the human body today.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to: 

  • Identify why there is a need for a muscular system in the human body

  • Identify the differences between smooth, striated and cardiac muscles

  • Describe the different contractions of striated muscles

  • Identify the different skeletomuscular mechanics

  • Describe the structure of the skeletomuscular unit

  • Describe the roles of the skeletal muscles

  • Describe the effects of exercise on skeletal muscles


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