Rotator Cuff Muscles Mnemonic

Remember the rotator cuff muscles using the mnemonic SITS or TISS.

Mnemonics to recall the muscles of the rotator cuff are:

  • SITS
  • TISS


  • S: supraspinatus
  • I: infraspinatus
  • T: teres minor
  • S: subscapularis

With ‘SITS’, recalling this order also helps remember the insertions of these muscles, with the order being superior, middle, and inferior facets of the greater tubercle of the humerus for supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor respectively and the lesser tubercle of the humerus for subscapularis. 

With ‘TISS’, the order of the mnemonic is posterior to anterior.

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