Lab Class 16

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lab class:

  • You will be able to conduct basic assessment of the shoulder.
  • You will be able to explain the scapulohumeral rhythm.

Basic Assessment of the Shoulder

Welcome to lab class 16!

When we talk about the shoulder, we usually mean the glenohumeral joint. You will realise that shoulder movement requires a clever interplay of several smaller joints. Watch the videos below to learn about AROM, PROM and resisted isometric testing.


scapulothracic rhythm Table: The Scapulothoracic Rhythm





Ms. Anne Marble is a 22-year-old volleyball player and she comes to your practice because of pain in her right shoulder. She had been overseas for a semester abroad where she didn't play a lot of volleyball. Now she is back with her team and she was eager to play again. During the past weekend, she played a tournament in Amsterdam. She had felt pain in her shoulder for a while after games but the pain was even worse after the long tournament. During a game, the shoulder is painful when serving overhead shortly before she moves towards hitting the ball. In daily life, she notices the pain when she combes her hair or when putting on a sweatshirt.



1.) Examine a classmate's shouldergirdle during AROM and keep the scapulothoracic rhythm in mind. Note down your findings and maybe shoot a video and share it in the Google Drive!


Preparation for next week:

1.) Revise the muscles attaching around the shoulder.