8 Key Tests for Diagnosing SLAP Tears in the Shoulder

By dpope2020

May 3, 2024

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8 Key Tests for Diagnosing SLAP Tears in the Shoulder

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In today's video we go over 8 Key Tests for Diagnosing SLAP Tears in the Shoulder: 

Physical therapists know diagnosing SLAP tears can be tricky. This video dives into the most recent study on the most sensitive and specific tests to finally get you closer to a diagnosis!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Common symptoms of SLAP tears
  • Why they're more frequent in overhead athletes & with age
  • How to perform 8 key tests for SLAP tears: O'Brien's, Speeds, Yurgason's, Anterior Slide, Crank, Dynamic Labral Shear, Biceps Load 2, & Bicipital Groove Tenderness
  • Why individual test results might not be the whole picture & how to combine them for better accuracy


  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 0:15 - Clinical presentation
  • 0:30 - Prevalence in athletes
  • 0:49 - Prevalence in general population
  • 1:20 - O'Brien's Test
  • 1:55 - Speed's Test
  • 2:35 - Yergason's Test
  • 2:56 - Anterior Slide Test
  • 3:20 - Crank Test
  • 4:03 - Dynamic Labral Shear Test
  • 4:29 - Biceps Load 2/Kim 2 Test
  • 4:52 - Bicipital Groove Tenderness
  • 5:15 - How to make special test more accurate

Happy slappy tears,


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