Epinephrine vs Adrenaline Knowing The Difference For Your Level 3 Anatomy Exam

Epinephrine vs Adrenaline: Knowing The Difference For Your Level 3 Anatomy Exam

This blog will explain the relationship between Epinephrine vs Adrenaline, as well as make sure you know everything that you need to know about Adrenaline for your Level 3 Anatomy Exam

You’ll discover:

  • Epinephrine vs Adrenaline: What’s the difference?
  • Why do we need to know about the Adrenaline a FitPro?
  • How many endocrine system questions in the exam?
  • What do I need to know about hormones for the exam?
  • Test your knowledge with 3 Mock Questions
  • How to simplify and structure your revision to get 100% in your anatomy and physiology test

Epinephrine vs Adrenaline: What’s the difference?

First up, let’s get clarity …

They are the same thing

You may have heard of adrenaline way before you started training to be a FitPro, in the context of

“You are such an Adrenaline Junky”

or “That gave me an Adrenaline spike”

We associate adrenaline to times of high stress.

And now we have a new name for it …

Epinephrine is the same thing

And another long word for you Catecholamines 🙂

So let’s clear it up…

Catecholamine is a global name for any hormone made by your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys.

There are lots of different Catecholamines, including dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.

And as we learned earlier Epinepherine has a more common name of Adrenaline.

So what do these hormones do?

Adrenal glands send catecholamines into your blood when you’re physically or emotionally stressed, just like on exam day.

This crates a series of responses in the body, including:

  • rapid heart rate.
  • sweating.
  • heightened senses.
  • rapid breathing.
  • decreased ability to feel pain.
  • increased strength and performance.
  • dilated pupils.
  • feeling jittery or nervous.

If you recognise this list of symptoms and link it to exam day, then just know you are feeling this way because your nervous system signalled you to be at a point of stress.

As a result your adrenal glands secreted Epinepherine into your blood so you can be hyper-aware and perform at your best to beat the exam.

Why do we need to know about the Adrenaline a FitPro?

You need to know about the endocrine glands and the hormones for two simple reasons

First up, exercise is a stressor, and therefore when we programme exercise for our clients we need to be aware that this has a response in the body far beyond just moving hte muscles and joints

The hormonal response when we exercise creates a stressed state, and as a result you can expect to see the side effects of adrenaline when your client is exercising (especially at high intensities).

Next, when you progress onto a specialisism like level 4 obesity and diabetes you need to have this base knowledge to know how our body is controlled.

How many endocrine system questions in the exam?

The exact total number of questions and time frames can vary for each awarding body and training provider. However, there is usually 40 multiple choice questions in your Level 3 Anatomy Exam and a 90-minute time limit.

In order to pass, you must score a minimum of 70%, and you can expect approx 3-8 of these questions to be specifically about the endocrine system.

Therefore it is important that you know some key information about the endocrine system and hormones, so you can answer these confidently and bag yourself 3-8 correct answers in the exam.

What do I need to know about hormones for the exam?

There are three main areas of the Endocrine system that you need to know for your Level 3 anatomy exam

1) The function of the endocrine system

You need to know WHAT the endocrine system does. In short, the main role of the endocrine system is to maintain homeostasis or the “same state”.

The endocrine system works in conjunction with the nervous system. Together they maintain balance in the body.

2) The main 7 endocrine glands

There are seven main endocrine glands and you need to know their:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Function
  • Associated hormones

3) Key hormone functions

You need to be able to link the endocrine glands to associated hormones, as well as know the function of these hormones in the body.

You can learn all of this in our Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology Revision Mastery bootcamp. It will give you the structure and all the content you need to simplify your revision and increase your chances of getting 100% in your exam.

Test your knowledge with 3 Mock Questions

Look at the 3 Mock Anatomy and Physiology Test questions below and jot down your answer on a scrap paper or as a note in your phone.

Then scroll down to reveal the answers.

1) Which reaction is caused by the release of Epinephrine?

A. Increased Breathing Rate
B. Increased Body fat deposits
C. Decreased Heart Rate
D. Reduced metabolism

2) Which Endocrine gland secretes catecholamines?

A. Pituitary Gland
B. Stomach
C. Pancreas
D. Adrenal Gland

3) When is adrenaline released?

A. At puberty
B. At times of relaxation
C. At times of stress both physical and emotional
D. When blood sugar levels are low


Q1: Answer = A
Q2: Answer = D
Q3: Answer = C

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