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Patte test

The Patte test is a very useful test to selectively assess the shoulder external rotators (infraspinatus and teres minor).


  • Required material: No specific material resources are required.
  • Procedure: With the shoulder in 90° adduction, 30° anteversion-antepulsion and the elbow at 90°, the evaluator asks the subject to perform active external rotation against resistance.
  • Assessment: The test is considered abnormal or positive when any pain or discomfort is evident throughout the manoeuvre. If no pain is present the test is considered normal or negative.


  • Remarks: The strength of both sides should be compared.

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