Volt Family Story: Dickinson College
How Volt helped Dickinson College's Bob Jazwinski implement a department-wide strength and conditioning program for 23 varsity sports.
Working an athletic department position can be difficult. It comes with a list of managerial responsibilities. Juggling three positions at the same time, however, can be downright impossible. Just ask Dickinson College’s Bob Jazwinski: department-wide strength and conditioning coordinator, defensive line coach, and football recruiter. Despite profoundly stretching his efforts across the three responsibilities, he admits, “The situation greatly restricts the amount of strength and conditioning time I can spend with any of [Dickinson’s] 23 varsity teams outside of football.” Given his experience, Coach Jazwinski sought out a supportive program that would make his job more efficient. He also wanted to provide thorough, sport-specific strength training to teams outside of football—something he had struggled to do in light of time restrictions. “Many of our teams were using outdated programs or no programs at all,” says Coach Jazwinski, adding, “My role is basically limited to scheduling the weight room, making sure all lifts are monitored, and helping with programming as much as my limited time allows.” To streamline his efforts and provide all student-athletes with an opportunity for expert-level instruction, Jazwinski adopted Volt’s online platform to help in his strength and conditioning coordinator role.
“We decided that going with Volt was the absolute best option for Dickinson Athletics to get all of our teams involved in legitimate [strength and conditioning] programs,” says Coach Jazwinski. Since Volt programs utilize movement patterns that are specific to the needs of each sport, Dickinson’s student-athletes are doing more than getting stronger—they are priming their bodies for competition. Volt’s sport-specific programming also zeroes in on potential training imbalances, and considers factors like the ratio of pushing to pulling movements, the amount of unilateral lower body work, the sites for potential joint stability and injury prevention, and the limitation of certain movement patterns.
If you feel all of your teams are not getting the attention they need and deserve in your S&C program, Volt is the best way to go. This is especially true if you have a limited staff. I would highly recommend Volt to any high school or college athletic program looking for a way to get an edge on their competition.
Coach Jazwinski appreciates how the application has streamlined his responsibilities within the athletic department. With less need to coordinate all weight room activity, he can focus more on recruiting, coaching, and working with the football program. He notes that “[The athletic department] likes that it is an online platform, is easy to use, and that the workouts are sport-specific and developed by some of the best certified strength and conditioning coaches out there today. My time limitations just don’t allow me to spend enough time training and programming with each team.” Volt reduces some of Jazwinski’s burden by calibrating training plans to each individual athlete, based on Strength Numbers. Dickinson athletes across all sports are now receiving elite-level personalized training from experts in the field. Jazwinski is particularly excited about the prospects this offers, saying, “We believe that Volt will immediately help us bridge the strength and conditioning gap between Dickinson and our competition and eventually allow us to surpass them.”
He also looks forward to Volt’s continued investment in improving their technology. “I also know that Volt will continually improve, adjust, and only get better,” says Jazwinski. “Most of our teams are just starting to use Volt now so I think we’ll better be able to judge its impact a little more down the road, but all of the teams I have worked with so far are very excited about it.” Dickinson’s athletes enjoy the online and mobile platform, but they also, “understand how Volt is going to make their lives easier (outside of the hard work in the weight room of course) and make their teams more competitive with less injuries,” says Coach
With three leadership positions at Dickinson, Coach Jazwinski has a few pointers for other coaches looking for a better way to train their student-athletes. “If you feel all of your teams are not getting the attention they need and deserve in your S&C program, Volt is the best way to go. Volt is a great way to elevate and modernize all of your Strength and Conditioning programming. This is especially true if you have a limited staff. I would highly recommend Volt to any high school or college athletic program looking for a way to get an edge on their competition,” says Coach Jazwinski. He looks forward to what Volt has in store for his teams and what that will mean for Dickinson’s athletes.
Coach Jazwinski was able to streamline his efforts and provide all Dickinson College student-athletes with the opportunity to access expert-level training through Volt's technology.
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