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Scapular Retraction Test

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Other Names

  • SRT
  • Scapular Retraction Test


Clinical demonstration of scapular retraction test[1]
  • Evaluate dynamic motion of the Scapula as a cause of shoulder pain


  • Patient is seated or standing
  • The examiner grades the Supraspinatus muscle strength following standard manual muscle testing procedures
  • Alternatively, can evaluate labral injury with the dynamic labral shear test
  • The examiner then places and stabilises the scapula in a retracted position
  • Positive test
    • Supraspinatus strength is increased or the symptoms of internal impingement are relieved



  • 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 17:20:17
Last edited:
19 May 2023 19:55:34