Subscapular Skinfold

The subscapular skinfold site is one of the common locations used for the assessment of body fat using skinfold calipers. See the complete list of skinfold sites, and the general procedure for taking skinfold measurements.

Subscapular skinfold landmark


  • The lower angle of the scapula (bottom point of shoulder blade)
  • If there is difficulty finding this landmark, get the subject to reach behind their back with their right arm, while feeling for the movement of the scapula
Subscapular skinfold site pinch


  • The pinch is made following the natural fold of the skin, approximately on a line running laterally (away from the body) and downwards (at about 45 degrees).

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