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Static Flexibility Test – Shoulder and Wrist

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Shoulder and Wrist

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s shoulder and wrist flexibility.

🔰Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
⧭18 inch stick
⧭1 meter ruler

🔰How to conduct the test

Starting position

⧭ Lay prone on the floor with the arms fully extended holding a stick.

Static Flexibility Test – Shoulder and Wrist


⧭ Raise the stick as high as possible, keeping the nose on the ground
⧭ Measure the vertical distance the stick rises from the floor to the nearest 1/2 inch

⧭ Repeat the test 3 times and record the best distance

⧭ Measure the arm length from the acromial extremity to the tip of the longest finger

⧭ Subtract the best score from the arm length.


Normative data for the shoulder & wrist flexibility test


Table adapted from Johnson B.L. & Nelson J.K. Practical Measurements for Evaluation in PE 4th Ed. 1986

🔰Target group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.


Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.


There are published tables to relate results to potential level of flexibility and the correlation is high.

🔰On-line calculator

Select the following link to access the on-line calculator

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Dr .Lalit Choudhary
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