Over recent years there have been reports of anti burst and burst resistant Swiss balls exploding during use and injuring users. Not all balls are the same quality despite what their labels may indicate and the use of balls may put the user at risk of serious injury. Here are some important considerations:
Swiss balls provide an unstable environment up to 85cm above the floor. If the user has an injury, medical condition or lack of neuromuscular ability to deal with this dangerous environment – they are at risk of injury if they fall. Always seek advice from a trained professional if you are unsure.
If you are unsure of your suitability to use a Swiss ball, seek assistance from an Instructor.
It may be advisable not to do supine (back on the ball) exercises without assistance.
*DISCLAIMER: IF YOUR BALANCE IS POOR, UNSUPERVISED EXERCISE MAY PUT YOU AT RISK OF INJURY.
Do not exercise near equipment that you may fall against or which may damage the Swiss ball. Ideally you should do ball exercises on a padded floor or a thick mat (15mm) to reduce impact injuries if you fall or the Swiss ball bursts. Balls that are left in direct sunlight, in cars or hot environments, are over inflated, or have surface damage, are likely to have a reduced burst resistance.
*DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS EXERCISE ON A PADDED FLOOR TO AVOID INJURY DUE TO FALLING FROM A BALL.
The materials for Swiss balls are almost always a form of PVC. They all have different performance characteristics. Always follow the inflation instructions exactly to avoid damage to the ball skin. Incorrectly inflated Swiss balls may lead to catastrophic failure and subsequent injury during use. AOK Swiss balls require a 2 stage inflation.