S.H.A.P.E. Body Condition Guides
S.H.A.P.E. (Size, Health and Physical Evaluation) is a new flow-diagram based system, which uses similar visual and palpable characteristics as existing scoring systems.
SHAPE Guide FAQ’S
Q What is meant by “without applying pressure”?
A Only use your finger tips to lightly bush along the skin surface. This should be used when assessing the ribs, spine, shoulder blades and hip bones.
Q What is meant by applying “light pressure”?
A Using your fingertips brush along the skin surface pressing sufficiently to indent the skin without applying force.
Q What happens if I can feel the hip bones but not the shoulder blades?
A To answer yes you must be able to feel both the hip bones and the shoulder blades.
Q Is there a “layer of fat covering the ribs”?
A If you find it difficult to feel the ribs when applying light pressure (see above) this suggests there is a fat covering between the skin and ribs.
Q Can you feel the “indentation of the waist”?
A Place your hands either side of the waist to feel for an indentation.
Q What is meant by “against the direction of the coat”?
A Move your hands in the direction of the arrow shown on the picture ‘against the direction of the coat’.
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