Static Flexibility Test - Shoulder

Using the static flexibility test for shoulders can help you to assess the range of motion in this area. This is important for athletes in sports such as baseball, cricket, tennis, swimming, or any other throwing sport where there are great demands on this area.

What's The Point?

The objective of the static flexibility test for shoulders is to measure the athletes range of motion through the shoulder joint.

What Do You Need?

  • Rope
  • Tape measure

How Do You Do The Test?

Warm up thoroughly before conducting the test.

  • Grasp the rope with the hands four inches apart
  • Extend both arms in front of the chest
  • Rotate the arms up overhead and down behind the neck
  • As you meet resistance, allow the hands to slide along the rope, moving further apart
  • Stop when the rope touches the back
  • Return the arms to the starting position while not allowing the hands to move on the rope
  • Measure the distance between the two thumbs on the rope, to the nearest 1/4-inch
  • Measure your shoulder width from deltoid to deltoid, to the nearest 1/4-inch
  • Subtract the shoulder measurement from the rope measurement
  • Repeat the test 3 times and record the best distance

What Results You'll See

Performing the test regularly will allow you to assess the effectiveness of your flexibility program.

Normative data for the Shoulder flexibility test:

Rating Men Women
Excellent <7.00 <5.00
Good 11.50 - 7.00 9.75 - 5.00
Average 14.50 - 11.49 13.00 - 9.74
Fair 19.75 - 14.49 17.75 - 12.99
Poor >19.75 >17.75


What's Being Measured Again?

The static flexibility test for shoulders measures the range motion in this area.

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