Athlete Mindset

In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii shares space with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux to discuss the role of sports psychiatry in enhancing athletes' mental health and performance. This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. And it’s all about mental health in sports. Presented and produced as part of the podcast network by SportsE Media.

Topics discussed in this episode "The Intersection of Sports Psychiatry and Performance with Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux"
  • The critical distinction between mental health and mental illness, particularly within the athlete community
  • The unique aspects of sports psychiatry and its importance in diagnosing and treating athletes
  • Dr. Charles Malveaux’s professional journey from an elite track and field athlete to a leading sports psychiatrist
  • Strategies for athletes to develop their identities beyond their sports careers and plan for the future
  • The holistic approach to athlete care, including medication management and therapy and collaboration with other healthcare professionals
  • Overcoming stigma and misconceptions about psychiatric treatment among athletes and encouraging open dialogue for seeking help
  • The challenges of navigating the sports ecosystem for both emerging and established athletes, including dealing with the "good old boys club" and finding trusted support networks
  • The impact of cultural and family perspectives on athletes' willingness to engage in psychiatric care and how success stories can shift these views
  • The importance of educating athletes on the interaction between medications, herbal remedies, and lifestyle choices on their mental and physical health
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About Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, MD, MA, FAPA:

Dr. Wilsa M.S. Charles Malveaux, MD, MA, FAPA is a Sports Psychiatrist in Los Angeles CA, and the CEO of WCM Sports Psych. She completed her BA and MA in Psychology at Stanford University; her Medical Degree at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM); and her residency in Psychiatry at UCLA. She is a former elite Track & Field athlete who trained for the Summer Olympics in Track and Field.
She is a tireless advocate & educator on the intersection of Mental Health, Sports, and Racial & Social Justice. Dr. Charles Malveaux has served in many clinical and leadership roles in sports, including as a consultant to the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA); a member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Mental Health Registry; a psychiatrist for the NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Program; the Western Regional Trustee on the Board of the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA); and the inaugural Chair of the BPA’s Sports Psychiatry Committee.
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Lisa Bonta Sumii
Athlete Mental Health & Performance| Oakland Roots SC|CEO & Founder of AthMindset®|Published Author|Pro Podcaster & Guest|Speaker: Tedx, Keynote, International|Listed -NFLPA Directory, USOPC Registry, MLR Directory
SportsE Media is a digital sports media brand & production co for executives & entrepreneurs engaged in sports.

What is Athlete Mindset?

This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. Presented and produced by SportsEpreneur. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.
And this podcast is all about mental health in sports.

This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports.

Hosted by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Eric Kasimov, Founder of KazSource and the creator of SportsE Media, is generously hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on his platform as he deeply believes these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsE Media. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple.

About Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Lisa is a mental health therapist with over 21 years of clinical experience, licensed in both CA and NV. She is a private practice clinician and the CEO and Founder of AthMindset, LLC.

Lisa supports the elite athlete to achieve optimal mental health and peak mental sport performance. She works with adolescent sport teams, collegiate student-athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, as well as professional athletes and teams.

Lisa is the first-ever Mental Health & Sport Performance Specialist for the Oakland Roots Sports Club. The Roots are a men’s professional soccer team and purpose-driven club. Seeing the elite athlete as a multidimensional human, navigating various roles and identities, is integral to Lisa’s approach. Focusing on the role that interpersonal trauma, culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation play as the athlete navigates life on and off the field, is at the center of her work.

Lisa is listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry and the National Football League Player Association’s Clinician Directory.

Lisa is often an invited podcast guest and conference speaker. Besides hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on the SportsE+ podcast platform. She spoke at TEDxWilmington on the intersection of race, mental health, and sport.

She has been featured in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, BBC World News, and Women’s Health Magazine.
AthMindset, LLC, supports the mental health of the elite athlete and their ecosystem. This includes serving the spouses/partners, family members, coaches, teams, referees/umpires, agents, and athletic trainers, with clinical services and sport performance consultation.

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