Musculoskeletal Anatomy Revision Advice, Hints and Tips! Plus... A Quick Overview Of The System!

Musculoskeletal Anatomy Revision Advice, Hints and Tips! Plus... A Quick Overview Of The System!

Musculoskeletal Anatomy Revision Advice, Hints and Tips! Plus... A Quick Overview Of The System!

It's the time of year when students are revising for their exams and they're wondering what they should be revising...The musculoskeletal system! Especially if you are a student physiotherapist or sports therapist, it is vital you know this system inside and out!

This blog post will give you a quick overview of the musculoskeletal system and cover some of the major bones, muscles and joints. It will also provide you with a few hints and tips surrounding how to revise and improve your MSK knowledge!


The skeletal system is made up of 206 bones in total. It's main function is to support our body and protect internal organs as well as supporting movement. The human skeleton is made up of a variety of different bones, these can include long bones, short bones and many other types of different bone!

Movable joints are classified into three types: fibrous joints, cartilaginous joints and synovial joints.


Turning your revision activities into a game is a good way to do it! For example, start with a question such as 'What is the main function of the biceps femoris muscle?' Once you've answered this, follow up with another one such as - 'How does the biceps femoris muscle perform this action?' This will help you develop an understanding of the structure and function of each muscle and ligament.

When studying muscles, learn as much as you can about them - their origin, insertion and actions (as well as any other details that interest you). For example, which joint(s) it acts upon and what happens when the muscle contracts?

Our muscle revision cards can help you with learning the muscles! Especially to remember the action, insertion, origin and innervation which is essential for any sports therapy, and physiotherapy courses! You can find them here! 


Now, you might be asking well... what can I do to help myself right now? My advice to you would be to break your MSK revision down.. Break it into manageable chunks! Split it into the following categories:

  • Bones

  • Ligaments

  • Muscles

  • Joints

  • Nerve Supply

  • Blood Supply

This way you can break down these categories even further to support your studying. Eg. Bones can be split into:

  • Bones of the shoulder

  • Bones of the arm

  • Bones of the wrist

Etc. you get the idea! So next time you are revising your MSK revision and you feel really overwhelmed. Remember to BREAK IT DOWN! Our MSK guide can help you break down things further and help you smash your MSK anatomy studies! Why not give it a try here?

Remember, we have a vast array of resources here at The Awesome Anatomy Company for you to utilise! 

Why not try our MSK Bundle here? You'll be sure to smash your MSK revision in no time!

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