Sharpening the Mind Through Movement:  Using Exercise Balls as Chairs in a University Class

By John Kilbourne, Grand Valley State University

Research That Matters

The objective of this project was to explore the use of UltiFit Antiburst
Stability Balls (exercise balls) as seats for students in lecture classes at
Grand Valley State University. The title of the course was MOV 101,
“The History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education.” The hypothesis
was that using the exercise balls as seats would be a positive experience for
students in a university lecture class. Quantitative data (questionnaires) and
qualitative data (student comments) were collected from the students at the
conclusion of the 14-week semester, fall 2008.


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