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JumpUSA.com Tip: Medicine balls are an excellent tool for basketball exercises because they offer resistance training across all planes of motion - up, down, sideways and diagonally. Medicine balls are used as a basketball strength tool help build core strength and muscle. Today, many basketball players are using the Plyoball Medicine Ball. These medicine balls have a special tractogrip herringbone tread pattern that are highly grippable for non-slip safety during tossing and catching. Other medicine balls are available that have handles which allow for dumbell style basketball exercises. Soft medicine balls offer an advantage over hard dumbells in that medicine balls can be tossed explosively, better simulating basketball strength requiring motions during actual play.