More than 60 times a day, Skydive Air Adventures' King Air jump plane climbs to nearly 3 miles above the earth's surface. Once there, instructors strap themselves to novice divers and plunge out of the aircraft during tandem flights. The frequency of these dives has allowed some of them to rack up serious airtime; many instructors have more than 8,000 dives under their belts, including Carl Smith, who has jumped from planes and escalators to heaven more than 14,900 times. To keep track of all these jumps, Skydive Air Adventures can shoot photos and videos of every wind-blown expression and ear-to-ear grin.
Playing sports can ravage the human body, causing wear and tear to joints and muscles over time. Doctor of Chiropractic Christopher Soto dedicates himself to diagnosing the sorts of conditions that can cause chronic pain and impair athletic performance. By utilizing a combination of chiropractic care and therapeutic massage, his center's staff takes a results-driven approach intended to help patients rapidly improve and recover. Soto specializes in one treatment modality in particular: manipulation under anesthesia. These relatively intensive chiropractic sessions allow the doctor to treat an anesthetized patient and realign vertebrae in situations where the client's pain responses, muscle spasms, contractures, or guarding may prevent adequate care.
Kids' karate is one of the specialties at American T.K.A. Universal Martial Arts, and it's no surprise: the gym goes so far as to pick students up after school so that they can take part in their hobby as soon as the bell rings. Though karate joins tae kwon do and MMA as three of their programs tailored specifically to children, the staff also guides adults through martial-arts training as well. After 15 years at the same location, American T.K.A.'s offerings also include muay thai, boxing for kids and adults, and aerobics-style kickboxing for grownups.
Board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, Jennifer Cook, specializes in alleviating pain and discomfort caused by sports injuries and accidents while working to prevent its recurrence. She employs gentle hands-on treatments such as adjustments and physical therapy, as well as cold-laser therapy and hydromassage, to manage pain caused by everything from arthritis and scoliosis to plantar fasciitis and ligament tears.