Name of test

Test for Posterior Shoulder Tightness

What it tests

Assesses the tightness of the posterior shoulder structures

How to do it

Patient lies supine. Arm is abducted to 90 degrees. Scapula is then gripped and stabilized while the arm is brought into horizontal adduction. The measurement is taken with reference to the vertical, whereby a positive measurement is further adduction from the 90 degrees of flexion position.

The normal response

What it means if not normal


Intraclass correlation coefficients were high for intratester

(0.93, SEM 1.64 degrees) and intertester (0.91, SEM

1.71 degrees) measurements. This measurement was also shown to have a moderate to good relationship with lost internal shoulder

rotational motion (r = .72, P< .001) of the dominant arm

among the baseball pitchers.



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