Sports and exercise is, or at least should be, part of every child and adolescent’s schedule. In Shanghai, the conditions for this can be excellent or they can be problematic – usually a mix of both. If your children are attending one of the international schools, they have access to state-of-the-art facilities and experienced coaches as well as exciting tournaments, trips and other fun stuff. In this issue of Urban Family, the Learning section (p. 20 – 29) introduces some of the best schools when it comes to sports. If your kids don’t attend any of these schools, they can still be part of some excellent programs such as the Aussie Rules Football “AusKick” program for kids (p. 32) and they can play basketball or soccer in the Shanghai Youth Basketball Development League and Shanghai International Youth Soccer League (p. 30 & 34).
Of course, with sports come problems such as injuries, pre-game anxiety and conflicts. On page 44, clinical psychologist Dr. Nate Balfanz talks about how to help your child get past anxiety before a big game, fitness expert Alan Leung talks about how to define your fitness goals and choose a sport while taking the risks into account (p. 46) and Matt Kuykendall helps you deal with the nightmare coach (p. 36).
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