One of the most versatile pieces of equipment used today by conditioning professionals is the Stability Ball, also known as Swiss balls, Physio Balls, and Balance Balls. The Stability Ball has a prominent role in the world of clinical rehabilitation.
More recently, due to their effectiveness in developing balance and core strength, athletic trainers, coaches, personal trainers and physical education teachers have begun to integrate them into their training programs. Now they are the new ‘buzz’ in the world of athletic and functional conditioning.
Due the Stability Ball’s success and growing popularity, the last decade has seen the birth of various programs developed to educate professionals on their use and multiple applications.
In Europe, they have been used in schools as chairs. The benefit of this type of application has reported as improved focus, concentration, handwriting skills, better understanding of class material, and better organizational skills. There are several pilot studies in the US using the Stability Ball in schools and the preliminary data is consistent with that found in Europe.
The Stability Ball is likely one of the most versatile pieces of equipment. It’s fun, it’s easy to use and everybody from pediatrics to geriatrics literally finds the stability ball to be something unique, effective, inexpensive and productive. Another unique feature about the stability ball is that it employs the neuromuscular system in a way that no other piece of exercise equipment can.