The State of Youth Sports

The State of Youth Sports

Let’s get real about the state of youth sports. From the sidelines to the intense recruitment process, there’s much more going on than just the game. Whether you’re a parent, coach, or young athlete, there are some crucial things to remember. The sidelines. We’ve all seen those parents who think they’re helping by shouting instructions … Read more

Brandi Chastain | Soccer Legend, Resilient Champion, Inspiring Leader

Brandi Chastain | Soccer Legend, Resilient Champion, Inspiring Leader

In this episode of Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii sits down with soccer legend Brandi Chastain to explore her journey from youth soccer to international stardom. Brandi discusses the pivotal moments in her career, including her famous penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, overcoming injuries, and the impact of mentorship and leadership. … Read more

Understanding the Benefits of Diversification in AFL Betting

Diversification in AFL Betting

Seasoned punters often advocate for diversification as a key strategy in AFL betting. This approach involves spreading your bets across different games, teams, and markets rather than concentrating all your wagering capital on a single outcome. While diversification doesn’t eliminate risk, it can mitigate losses and maximize potential returns. This article delves into the various … Read more

Sports Betting Addiction Is on the Rise

Sports Betting Addiction is on the Rise

Six years ago, sports betting was illegal under federal law. Today, it is everywhere. From TV ads to billboards, the rapid growth of sports betting is undeniable. The 2018 Supreme Court ruling that lifted the federal ban on sports betting opened the floodgates, dramatically increasing legal wagers and industry revenue. While this has brought significant … Read more

How NIL Impacted the NFL Draft

NIL Podcast | NIL4U

In this episode of NIL4U, Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark are joined by David Gregory, an NFL agent and founder of Bullrush Sports. They discuss how NIL impacted the NFL Draft — specifically, how athletes made decisions regarding their college eligibility due to Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities. They also touch on the success of … Read more

Youth Sports Mental Health | Parents, Coaches, and Resilience

Youth Sports Mental Health | Parents, Coaches, and Resilience

In this episode of The Sports Backdrop, we discuss youth sports mental health dynamics, focusing on how youth sports parents impact their children’s mental health. We discuss the pressures placed on young athletes, the role of parents and coaches, and the significance of emotional intelligence and resilience in sports. This episode features Lisa Bonta Sumii, … Read more

Maddie Gordon | Penn State Softball and The Road to Regionals

In this episode of “From The Players,” Sydney Supple talks with Maddie Gordon, a junior utility softball player for Penn State. Fresh off Penn State’s first NCAA softball tournament appearance since 2011, Maddie shares the excitement and challenges of reaching the regionals, the importance of team chemistry and hard work, her personal growth as a … Read more

Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants | Dan Ourian, CMPC

Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants | Dan Ourian, CMPC

In this third episode of our three-part series, Lisa Bonta Sumii talks with Dan Ourian, CMPC, a certified mental performance consultant and assistant director of the Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program at Dominican University of California. They discuss integrating mental performance coaching into athletic coaching, the significance of mindfulness practices, and the importance of … Read more

Female Footballers Podcast Featuring Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

In this episode of the Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii is a guest on the Female Footballers Podcast, where she discusses the profound impacts of mental health in sports. She shares insights on the pressures athletes face, the importance of recognizing mental health struggles, and how they intersect with performance on the field. Female Footballers … Read more