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Standard Exercise Balls
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Standard Thera-Band® Exercise Balls come with two plugs, an inflation adapter and a helpful poster illustrating 24 exercises. Five sizes of balls are offered to accommodate user height variations.
Thera-Band® Standard Exercise Ball / Red / 55 cm / Retail Packaged Videos
Thera-Band® Standard Exercise Ball / Red / 55 cm / Retail Packaged FAQ
1) How do I patch holes in the ball?
We do not recommend attempting to patch the ball. Unfortunately, the ball must be discarded once a hole has been detected. Even small holes predispose balls to bursting with use.
2) What are the Exercise Balls made of?
Polyvinyl Chorlide (PVC). Thera-Band Exercise Balls do not contain latex.
3) Can I lift weights while using the Exercise Ball?
Using free weights with an exercise ball can be potentially dangerous. We do not recommend using the Exercise Ball in conjunction with free weights. The Exercise Ball should be combined with free weight exercises only with extreme caution and under close supervision at reduced loads. Research has not shown any additional benefit to strength training of the extremities using Exercise Balls, although Exercise Balls are effective at improving core strength.
4) Can I use the Exericse Ball as an office chair?
Research has not clearly demonstrated if using the Exercise Ball is safe in office settings. We do not recommend the ball for use as an office chair because of an increased risk of fatigue or falling off the ball.
5) How can I get better traction on the floor using my Exercise Ball?
The Thera-Band Exercise Ball has ridges on its surface to provide traction. For improved traction, use the Thera-Band Exercise Mat.
6) How can I prevent the ball from getting holes or bursting?
Inspect your ball for holes if it begins to lose air. Replace your ball if any holes are found. Do not exceed weight limitations noted above. One of the most common mistakes using the Exercise Ball is using it outdoors on rough surfaces. The surface on which the ball is used should always be free of small objects that could potentially puncture the ball's surface.
7) How do I add or remove air from the ball?
The small "fork" in the ball accessory package is used to remove the stopper and release air. Use a high-volume pump to add air and replace the stopper immediately. Adapters for standard air compressors you would find at a service station are included in the package.
8) How do I clean my Thera-Band® Exercise Ball?
Use mild soap and warm water. Do not use anything abrasive or any chemical cleaners.
9) How do I inflate the Pro Series Ball?
The measuring tape has three holes: #1 is at one end, while #2 (initial inflation size) and #3 (maximum inflation size) are at the end.
• Before inflating, spread out the measuring tape on the floor to its full length, with the un-inflated ball in the center of the tape. Position the ball so its inflation hole is facing up.
• Wrap the measuring tape around the ball so holes 1 and 2 join at the inflation point of the ball. Slowly inflate the ball through holes 1 and 2 of the tape.
• As the ball fills, be sure the tape remains centered on the circumference of the ball and does not get twisted.
• Proper inflation is reached as follows: When wrapped around the ball’s diameter, starting from and ending at the balls inflation point, holes 1 and 2 (initial inflation size) in the measuring tape should meet at the inflation point without any gaps, or without being stretched. Insert a plug into the inflation port of the ball until the plug is flush with the surface of the ball.
• Note: The ball may continue to expand even after air is no longer being added to the ball from the warming and expansion of cooled, compressed air. This expansion is typically greater with compressed air than with manual pumps.
Do not use the ball for at least 24 hours to allow the material to adept to the expansion. After 24 hours, re-measure the ball with the measuring tape, using holes 1 and 3 to determine maximum size. If the ball is below the maximum size, and the additional size or firmness is desired, remove the plug and add air. The allowable operating range of the ball is between holes 2 and 3 of the measuring tape.
Keep in mind that the ball may continue to expand even after air is no longer being added to the ball. If additional air is added, wait 24 hours to allow for expansion. If the ball is firmer than desired, deflate the ball to achieve desired size and firmness. The allowable operating range of the ball is between holes 2 and 3 of the measuring tape.
• NOTE: If the ball exceeds maximum inflation size, discard the ball. Exceeding the maximum inflation size damages the material, which may cause the ball to burst, possibly causing injury.
10) How do persons with severe balance problems use the ball?
Persons with severe balance problems should use the ball only under close supervision. In cases where a patient has severe balance problems or is vulnerable to injury, the ball can be under-inflated to a smaller diameter. This will cause it to be softer and the area of ball-floor contact will be larger. This will in turn make it easier for the patient to maintain balance. As balance improves, the level of inflation and diameter can be increased, resulting in an increased challenge to the patient.
11) What is the weight limit on the Exercise Ball?
Thera-Band® Pro Series Exercise Balls have been tested to support 1000 pounds of static (resting) weight. Thera-Band Standard Exercise Balls can support 600 pounds of static weight.
12) Why doesn't the air pump nozzle fit in my ball?
Adapters for standard air compressors you would find at a service station are included in the package. The hole in the Exercise Ball may be a tight fit due to the manufacturing process. It should loosen after the first inflation
13) Will the Exercise Ball burst? It has to be blown up at least 4" more according to the instructions and it looks already full.
It is important to follow all inflation and usage instructions as indicated in the instruction guide supplied with the ball. The following are suggestions for product care and examples of conditions which could cause your Thera-Band® Exercise Ball to break and should be avoided:
1. Clean you exercise ball using a soft cloth and warm, soapy water, but do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.
2. Thera-Band® Exercise Balls are intended for indoor use only and are not designed for use outdoors.
3. Surface of use must be free from any objects that could puncture, tear, scuff, or otherwise damage your exercise ball.
4. Always inspect the exterior of the ball for damage (abrasion and scuffing, roundness, air leakage) before each use. Should any damage be evident discontinue use and replace with a new Thera-Band® Exercise Ball.
5. Thera-Band® Exercise Balls should not be exposed to extreme variations in temperature. Exposure to sources of heat such as heating ventilators, lamps and direct sunlight can negatively affect the integrity of the product increasing the possibility of failure.
6. Since the diameter of the exercise balls can vary due to environmental temperature fluctuations, the maximum diameter of the ball should be measured prior to use and adjustment made to comply with the correct diameter setting.
7. Thera-Band® Exercise Balls have been weight tested to support 600 lbs. of static (resting) weight. Applying excessive force (eavy bouncing)or weight (dumbbells or barbells) may exceed the capacity of Thera-Band® Exercise Balls causeing breakage which could cause injury.
Using Thera-Band® Exercise Balls in unusual exercises with a high load or level of difficulty, or used for purposes other than those for which they have been designed, or in ways inconsistent with any of these instructions will increase the possibility that your ball may fail and cause injury