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Scapular Assistance Test

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Scapular Assistance Test
Clinical demonstration of the scapular assistance test[1]
  • SAT
  • Scapular Assistance Test


  • Evaluate dynamic motion of the Scapula as a cause of shoulder pain


  • Patient is seated or standing
  • The examiner places one hand on the upper trapezius muscle and the other hand on inferior medial scapular border.
  • Patient is instructed to elevate arm while practitioner assists scapular upward rotation.
  • Positive Test
    • Reduction in patient symptoms and impingement signs by 'assisting' the scapula



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Manske, Robert, and Todd Ellenbecker. "Current concepts in shoulder examination of the overhead athlete." International journal of sports physical therapy 8.5 (2013): 554.
Created by:
John Kiel on 23 March 2020 16:56:17
Last edited:
2 February 2024 15:05:36