Scaption is the abbreviation of Scapular Plane Elevation. The term does not refer to whether the altitude is with an internal, external or neutral rotation. The term is widely used in sports training, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The term was published for the first time in 1991 in a publication of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The origins of the word are rather practical: Marilyn Pink was invited to give a lecture at the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons on a research project she was conducting. Due to a strict synchronization of the presentation time, she was forced to shorten a sentence that appeared often in her lecture: “Scapular Plane Elevation”. Her colleague and friend, Jacquelin Perry, suggested that she simply convert the sentence into “scaption”, thus coining the word.

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