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We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and scope of care to our patients. As a practice, we individualize each patient's care with the focus on finding the best solution, be it nonsurgical or surgical for each person's orthopedic problem. We develop long-term relationships with our patients and strive to provide a comfortable environment for patients to receive help with their orthopedic problems.

The Anderson Knee and Shoulder Center, located at 2100 Webster Street, Suite 309 in San Francisco, brings together two top San Francisco Orthopedic surgeons - Dr. Lesley Anderson and Dr. Robert Purchase. Both doctors aim to be among the San Francisco and Marin's best knee and shoulder surgeons, help patients choose the best nonsurgical or surgical options for knee, shoulder, and other general orthopedic surgery needs. Newest technologies/treatments for arthritis, cartilage and ligament injuries are passions as well for these two top Bay Area Specialist.

How Do I Get My Kid Started in Sports?
By Michael J. Smith, MD

Sports can be a fun way to introduce your child into a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Children need physical activity for growth and development, and sports participation helps with this goal. Playing sports can promote socialization and teamwork. This is important in the child's development of self-esteem and goal setting. Some tips for encouraging your child to get involved in sports include:

Stay fit yourself - Be a good role model. Your kids are watching you more than you think. If you have a healthy lifestyle, they are more inclined to emulate these positive exercise experiences.

Play sports with your child - Encourage your child to move away from television and computers and play outside. Simple running, kicking a ball, or playing outdoor games can promote a fun experience from which the child builds. Organize a family or parent-child outdoor activity such as a biking or swimming activity. Make it fun, so the child will want to do it again.

Allow for free play - Under the age of five, free play is best. Running, water play or swimming, and biking (with training wheels, if needed) are great ways to encourage physical activity and to promote physical development and coordination. As the child grows, team sports participation can be introduced, usually around the age of 5 or 6. Before then, the attention span may not lend itself to team efforts. Taking the child to organized athletic events as a spectator on a regular basis can also introduce the child to various team sports. The child may express an interest in participation in one of these sports. You don't have to take the child to a professional event. Merely taking the child to a little league soccer or baseball game may show them that other kids are doing physical activities and having fun, so they may want to join in.

As a parent, it is important to be sure the child is in a safe environment with proper coaching and equipment needed for the sport. Parents should be supportive and let the child enjoy themselves. Positive reinforcement promotes self-esteem and confidence. Don't put excessive pressure on the child. Remember, you are the parent trying to teach positive growth in physical activities. You are not the child's sports agent. Be sure you try to keep it fun and safe.

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