The biceps load II test is used to assess for superior labral anterior and posterior (SLAP) lesions.

Performing the Test

  1. Patient is positioned supine, arm passively abducted to 120°, elbow flexed to 90°, with forearm in supination
  2. Patient is then asked to flex elbow against examiner resistance
  3. The test is considered positive if this elicits pain
  4. Sensitivity: ≥83%; specificity: ≥90%
  5. Note that this test is identical to the biceps load I test, but the arm is further abducted to 120°


  1. Magee D. Orthopedic Physical Assessment. 1st ed. Philadelphia:Saunders; 1986.