Shoulder Internal/External Rotation Setup

The ForceFrame can be set up to test shoulder internal and external isometric strength.

Shoulder internal and external rotation are completed with the individual in a supine position with their arm in line with the ForceFrame.

SETUP

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Rotate the crossbar 90°, so that the ForceFrame head unit is parallel to the floor.

2
Set the outer paddles to the 'Narrow' setting.

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Have your athlete lie on their back, across the base plate, with their feet flat on the floor. You may wish to place a foam pad or towel under the athlete's lower back for comfort.

4
Have your athlete lift their arm out from their side, so that their upper arm is in line with their shoulder. If you have access to an elbow support, the player can rest their arm in the support. Ensure your athlete tucks their elbow into the support fully. without elbow support: with elbow support:
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Have your athlete bend their elbow to 90 degrees and position them so that the back of their wrist is resting on the outer paddle. In this position, the player should be able to internally rotate their shoulder so that the heel of their palm presses into the load cell on the head unit.

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Ensure your athlete’s arm is perpendicular to the floor and their upper arm is in line with their shoulder, and their body is parallel to the crossbar. arm perpendicular to floor:

upper arm in line with shoulder/body parallel to crossbar:

7
Log into ScoreBord on your device. Connect to your ForceFrame and select Shoulder IR/ER. Select Supine for the Test Position and choose your athlete. On the Player Position tab, enter the crossbar height number, and proceed to the testing screen.

TESTING PROTOCOL

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The recommended protocol is for the athlete to apply the maximum amount of force they can as quickly as they can. The force should be sustained for 3 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest between each effort.
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For shoulder rotation strength testing, we recommend the athlete complete a 50% effort and a 75% effort before commencing the actual testing. This will allow your athlete to become accustomed to the set up.
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When you are ready to start, inform your athlete what part of the testing they are going to complete next (e.g. warm-up rep or test).
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Remember to keep your instructions before the test and encouragement during the test the same for all tests. We recommend providing a count-down of “ 3, 2, 1, Go” in the lead up to the start of the test, and then “Push, push, push, and relax” during and to conclude the test.
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During the test, ensure that the elbow does not move or lift.
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Repeat this process on the opposite arm and complete the testing.

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