Shoulder Elevation Test


To measure static flexibility


Tape measure, 2 x metre rulers


  1. Measure the length of the participants arm from their acromial process (edge of shoulder) to their fingertips. This is known as your arm length
  2. Have the participant lie on the floor with their arms fully extended overhead
  3. Have them grasp one ruler with their hands shoulder width apart
  4. The participant raises the ruler as high as possible while keeping their chin on the floor
  5. The assistant reads the measurement off the second ruler which is held vertical. This is known as your measurement length
  6. A norm can then be calculated by using the following formulaArm length – Measurement length