What’s the Story Behind the Stability Ball?
Although the stability ball is often called the “Swiss Ball,” it actually originated in Italy. Engineer Aquilino Cosani invented a formula for a burst-proof inflatable ball in 1963. It was originally marketed as a toy. Swiss Physical Therapist Dr. Susan Klein-Vogelback adapted the ball for orthopedic purposes like postural re-education and back rehabilitation. In the 1980s, visiting American physical therapists dubbed it the “Swiss Ball” and brought it back to the U.S. There, it gained popularity in commercial gyms, where its unstable surface added more resistance to regular training. Today, the ironically-named “stability ball” is widely used for core strengthening, stretching and other exercises.What’s the Story Behind the Stability Ball?