Shoulder Assessment in Handball Players

  • Martin AskerEmail author
  • Rod Whitley
  • Ann Cools


As in every body region, a structural and methodical assessment consisting of clinically relevant and valid tests, after an appropriate history, is essential. The combination of the anatomic complexity of the shoulder and the great and varied demands placed on it during handball mean that a deep knowledge of the functional anatomy of the area is critical to understand injury mechanisms, rehabilitation, and return to sport tests. The first part of this chapter focuses on the assessment of the painful/injured shoulder and the second part on the screening/objective measurements of healthy players.

Supplementary material

Video 32.1

Jerk test + “special jerk test/posterior stress test” (WMV 178255 kb)

Video 32.2

O’Brien test (WMV 80509 kb)

Video 32.3

Biceps load II test (WMV 83194 kb)

Video 32.4

Crank test (WMV 87711 kb)

Video 32.5

Resisted supination external rotation test (WMV 73941 kb)

Video 32.6

Scapula assistance test (MP4 155955 kb)

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Scapula retraction test (MP4 229299 kb)

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Humeral head retraction test (MP4 186232 kb)

Video 32.9

Strength testing with HHD (MP4 88743 kb)

Video 32.10

Shoulder range of motion (MP4 161200 kb)

Video 32.11

Humeral torsion-ultra sound (WMV 144501 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology CenterInstitute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Rehabilitation DepartmentAspetar - Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine HospitalDohaQatar
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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