A medicine ball is a kind of exercise ball. Medicine ball is also called as med ball, or fitness ball is a heavy ball, roughly the size of a volleyball or a basketball. Often used for rehabilitation and strength training, it serves an important role in the field of sports medicine.
Medicine exercise balls are weighted balls — ranging from 2 to 25 pounds.
Medicine exercise balls are used effectively in plyometric weight training to increase explosive power in athletes such as boxers, football players, baseball pitchers, basketball players and track and field members.
Benefites of Medicine balls
Dropping the medicine ball onto the abdomen of the boxer improves the strength of abdominal muscles.
Athletes use balls to increase their core strength. As athletes hold the ball against their chest and thrust it at another athlete, who catches it against their chest. So practicing medicine ball strengthens arm, chest, and leg muscles. Medicine balls are also used by secondary schools as a fitness aid. e.g.. lifting the ball or performing different exercises with the ball in order to increase the strain on a particular muscle. (The weight of medicine ball – 3Kg for boys and 2Kg for girls.) A medicine ball is also commonly used by athletes who have sustained an injury and seek rehabilitation.
The following books provide more information related to this topic:
Advanced Studies in Physical Education and Sport, P Beashel et al., ISBN 0 17 4482345
Physical Education and the Study of Sport, B. Davis et al., ISBN 0 7234 31752
Essentials of Exercise Physiology, W.D. McArdle et al., ISBN 0 683 30507 7
Physical Education and Sport Studies, D. Roscoe et al., ISBN 1 901424 20 0
The World of Sport Examined, P. Beashel et al., ISBN 0 17 438719 9
Advanced PE for Edexcel, F. Galligan et al., ISBN 0 435 50643 9
Examining Physical Education, K. Bizley, ISBN 0 435 50660 9
Sport and PE, K Wesson et al., ISBN 0 340 683821
PE for you, J. Honeybourne, ISBN 0 7487 3277 2
Medicine exercise balls- Medicine ball is also called as med ball, or fitness ball is a heavy ball, roughly the size of a volleyball or a basketball.
Pilates Exercise Ball- When Exercise balls are used in Pilates it is called as Pilates exercise ball.
Yoga Exercise Ball- When Exercise balls are used in yoga it is called as yoga ball exercise.
Some of the popular Fitness ball exercises workouts
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