Validity of instruments assessing scapular function

Do clinical instruments to assess scapular posture, movement, and dysfunction measure what they claim to?

Current evidence is not sufficient to recommend any of the 31 measurement instruments related to scapular posture, movement, and dyskinesis.

The quality of evidence for the criterion validity of measurements of scapular protraction/ retraction and rotation up to 120 degrees is sufficient, however that of scapular posture, range of motion, and lateral slide is insufficient.

Other measurements showed even lower evidence quality. Measurements of scapular dyskinesis were especially prone to misinterpretation.


Curious about the rest of the article?

Sign up as a member of the Anatomy & Physiotherapy Society. 
Check out the benefits of a membership and give it a try today! 
Or have a look at our monthly featured article (free) on our homepage.

Already a member? Login below

Signup for our weekly or monthly newsletter and get notified on updates on the themes you're interested in:

Please enable the javascript to submit this form

Anatomy & Physiotherapy is a joint venture
between SoPhy & Sharing Science

Summaries on Physiotherapy B.V.
Berkenweg 7
Postbus 1161
3800 BD Amersfoort
The Netherlands

Chamber of commerce: 74973738
Bank: NL72ABNA0849809959
V.A.T. number: NL860093530B01

Sharing Science
Rijksweg Zuid 99
6134 AA Sittard
The Netherlands
Chamber of Commerce: 58306862