How did “Medicine Balls” Get Their Name?

The word medicine describes anything that restores health to the body. The medicine ball itself promotes health by invigorating the body and increasing strength and mobility. They were first used by Persian wrestlers looking to become stronger. Hippocrates used medicine balls filled with sand to help people develop strength and President Hoover introduced the Hoover medicine ball in 1931. Given all that they do for our bodies and that the word medicine was first synonymous with the word health, “medicine ball” was the perfect name.