Passive Shoulder Internal Rotation

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Passive Shoulder Internal Rotation Assessment



Stand or sit. Position bent arm up to side; elbow bent shoulder height with wrist in front of elbow. Administrator stands at side of subject and grasps under subject's elbow and on top of wrist.


Administrator keeps subject's elbow directly lateral to subject's shoulder while gently pushing wrist down/back until tightness is felt or subject expresses slight discomfort. Repeat with opposite arm.


Wrist should be able to travel below transverse plane of shoulder. The distance wrist travels below shoulder or range of motion is noted for each side.


Administrator must keep elbow squarely lateral to shoulder for consistent assessment protocol. Note any pain or discomfort during movement. See Shoulder Internal Rotation Inflexibility.


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