Movement Screens (FMS): Shoulder Mobility

Purpose: The shoulder mobility movement pattern demonstrates the synergy between  scapular-thoracic region, spine, and rib cage. This screen evaluates bilateral shoulder range of motion; combining flexion, external rotation and abduction of the performing shoulder and extension, internal rotation and adduction in the other.

Equipment: Screening Kit

Procedure: (Note:  Perform the Impingement Clearing Test before proceeding.)  

  • Impingement Clearing Test:  Instruct the client to place their palm on their opposite shoulder and lift the elbow as high as possible. 
  • Determine the client’s hand length by measuring the distance from the bottom of the wrist to the tip of the longest finger. 
  • Instruct him/her to stand with their feet together and make a fist with both hands.
  • Instruct the client to reach one fist behind their head and the other behind their back, with the goal of touching both fists together. 
  • Measure the distance between the two closest points of the client's fists to determine reach.
  • Perform test on each side 3 times and record best score. 


0.  Pain is associated while performing the movement

1.  Fists are not within one and half hand lengths

2.  Fists are within one-and-a-half hand lengths

3.  Fists are within one hand length

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