What is an Anti-Burst Rating and Why is it Important?

Beware of Cheap Swiss Exercise Balls that can Burst!

Exercise balls that come with an Anti-Burst Rating are strongly recommended for maximum safety. Staples, pins or other sharp items may unexpectedly pierce your ball if you roll over them. Anti-Burst rated balls will deflate slowly and safely when punctured, rather than bursting suddenly like a balloon with you landing on your back as occurs with cheap, non Anti-Burst exercise balls.

PhysioWorks recommends only authentic, high quality Anti-Burst exercise balls for your maximum safety and optimal comfort.

What Anti-burst Rating do we Recommend?

A 500kg anti-burst rating ball is the minimum that we recommend for safety purposes. Most exercise balls available that do not stipulate an anti-burst rating would have an anti-burst rating of between 100 and 200kg. They normally don’t stipulate their anti-burst rating because it is low. A high anti-burst rating is a very important issue if you are considering exercises that involve bouncing or doing weights. Take a look at our new Physiomed Pro Plus Exercise Ball, with a high anti-burst rating of 550 kg!

Consider Your Safety

As physiotherapists, we strongly suggest you avoid Exercise Balls that do not have an Anti-burst Rating. This includes some well known name-brands.  It’s just not worth a few dollars to be potentially injured and out of action for months.

Anti-Burst Balls keep their shape better.

You’ll also find that the higher the AntiBurst rating the thicker the ball casing. This reduces your likelihood of puncture in the first place from simple objects such as staples.  You should consider this if your intended use is as an office chair. A higher rated ball will also keep it’s shape better in the longer term.  The cheaper balls have more potential to stretch and become overinflated easier.  Please read our page on ball inflation tips before inflating your ball.

Swiss Ball Exercises

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Exercise Ball FAQs

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  • How to Care for Your Exercise Ball?
  • How to Correctly Inflate an Exercise Ball?
  • How to Safely use your Exercise Ball?
  • What are the Advantages of using a Swiss Exercise Ball as a Chair?
  • What Exercises Can You Do With Your Swiss Exercise Ball?
  • What is an Anti-Burst Rating and Why is it Important?
  • What is the Correct Swiss Ball Size for You?
  • What is the Correct Way to Sit?
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