9 Movements That Occur At The Shoulder Joint

If you can’t get your head around the movements that occur at the shoulder joint, this video and blog will clearly explain it. This is everything you need to know about the shoulder joint and movements for your Level 2 or 3 Anatomy and physiology Exam

You’ll discover:

  • The difference between the Shoulder Joint and the Shoulder Girdle
  • All 9 movements that occur at the shoulder joint, with clear actions you can follow along.
  • Three Example Mock Questions to test your knowledge

Shoulder Girdle or Shoulder Joint

There is a difference between the Shoulder Girdle and the Shoulder Joint, and you need to know this ready for your exam and when working with clients.

The Shoulder girdle is made up of the Scapula (shoulder blades) and Clavicle (collar bone)

However the Shoulder Joint is the ball and socket joint where the humerus articulates within the glenohumeral socket. This is the joint we are investigating in todays video training.

All joints are not made equally

Although the Hip and Shoulder Joints are both ball and socket joints, they are not made equally.

The hip joint is weight bearing and the shoulder joint is not

this makes the shoulder joint the most mobile joint in your body and can move around all three planes of movement:

Sagittal, Frontal and Transverse.

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What are the 9 actions at the shoulder joint?

Here’s a summary of all 9 movements that occur at the shoulder joint, alongside the plane of motion that they move within.

Notice there are 4 paired actions and one on its own:

Sagittal Plane Movement:
Flexion
Extension

Transverse Plane Movement:
Horizontal Flexion
Horizontal Extension

Frontal Plane Movement:
Adduction
Abduction

Transverse Plane Movement:
Internal Rotation
External Rotation

Multiplanar action:
Circumduction

Test your knowledge with today’s mock questions:

[NOTE: The answers are below the 3rd questions]

1. Which joint action occurs at the shoulder joint in the frontal plane?
A. Extension
B. Flexion
C. Adduction
D. Elevation

2.During the upward phase of a Dumbbell Pec Fly what action occurs at the shoulder?
A. Flexion
B. Horizontal Flexion
C. Horizontal Extension
D. Circumduction

3. Which action occurs at the shoulder joint when reaching towards the ceiling?
A. Flexion
B. Extension
C. Internal Rotation
D. Retraction

What’s the CORRECT answer?

Answers to the mock questions are :

Question 1= C, Question 2 = B, Question 3 = A

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