Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts
Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

5.4 Finding your own arteries and veins

Figure 10
Figure 10 A forearm showing veins – a neck showing carotid artery and jugular vein – back of the knee showing artery

Some arteries and veins are hidden well inside the body, but we can usually find them at the joints, where they are fairly close to the surface of the skin. For example, at the back of your knee you can find the big artery that runs down your leg, carrying blood right down into the foot. Most people can find veins in their forearms where they appear as blue lines below the skin (as shown in Figure 10). In the neck, we can find both a major artery, called the carotid artery, and a major vein, the jugular vein. These take blood to and from the brain, and are relatively large: the brain needs a lot of blood.

Use the photos in Figure 10 to find the same arteries and veins in your own body. Don't be afraid to give them a bit of a push – you'll find they are quite robust.

Y164_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has over 40 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus