Select four (4) of the following questions and answer each in an essay format. Please be sure to include an introduction and a conclusion for the assignment.

  1. What is the difference between a muscle’s origin and its insertion? How are the muscles of facial expression different from most other muscles?
  2. How do respiratory muscles function to produce breathing?
  3. What are the rotator cuff muscles? What are the functions of the rotator cuff?
  4. Describe the structural and functional relationship between neurons and skeletal muscle fibers. What is an action potential and which ions are involved?
  5. How does a muscle fiber generate tension through crossbridge cycling and why does an increase in calcium ions cause muscle contraction?
  6. Compare and contrast three types of muscle contraction. How does a muscle fiber change with endurance training, resistance training, and disuse?

Assignment Expectations

Length: 750 – 1250 words

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA style. These do not count towards the minimal word amount for this assignment.

References: Use the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. Include at least two (2) scholarly sources to support your claims.