Sport Psychology

What is sport psychology?   

Traditionally, the technical, tactical, and physical aspects of sport have been viewed as the key to an athlete's performance and success. While these factors are important, coaches and athletes now recognise that an athlete's success or failure often lies in their ability to be "mentally fit." There are many factors that influence an athlete's "mental fitness," such as wellbeing, enjoyment, confidence, motivation, anxiety, focus, attitude, and preparation. Psychologist Stephen Rendall specializes in working with athletes to develop these areas.
More specifically.

Stephen can assist athletes with:


  • Anxiety/stress management and relaxation
  • Anger management
  • Concentration and focus
  • Imagery/visualisation
  • Positive thinking
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Behaviour change
  • Time management and life balance
  • Overtraining and burnout
  • Team building and conflict
  • Communication skills
  • Relationship issues
  • Travel skills
  • Preparation and routines
  • Sleep issues
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Career planning and retirement
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • Weight management and health behaviours
  • Grief and loss
  • Resilience and coping
  • Depression and other mental health issues
  • Disordered eating
  • Confidential counseling assistance for personal issues

What does the Maribyrnong Sports Academy Sport Psychology program involve?

Athletes and coaches at Maribyrnong Sports Academy have access to:
Individual consultations (by appointment)
Mental skills training workshops (as part of the Athlete Development Program)
Facilitation and collaboration of the Maribyrnong Sports Academy Wellbeing Team
Coach education workshops

Stephen is onsite Monday and Wednesday every week throughout the school year.

Individual Consultations - What to Expect

Unfortunately, psychology doesn't involve any "magic pills." At its best, it is a collaborative ongoing process that involves both you and I working together towards an agreed upon goal. I will predominantly use a cognitive-behavioral and or mindfulness approach. I also have a passion for neuroscience and will likely where appropriate provide you with education about key structures of the brain and their connection to optimal functioning and performance. I may also combine other approaches to ensure your needs are best met. During a session, you can expect to discuss past and current thoughts, feelings, and experiences. You will often be given tasks to complete and mental skills to practice at home, so you need to be open and willing to do some work. Please feel free to give feedback - the sessions are for you, so it's important that you get what you want out of them.
When providing a psychological service to student-athletes, I will need to collect and record their personal information. The information gathered will be stored in a secure file and will only be seen by me. This information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions, and enables me to provide a relevant and informed psychological service. At any stage, student-athletes are entitled to access the information about them kept on file. 

All personal information gathered from student-athletes will remain confidential except when: 

The information given is subpoenaed by a court of law.
Failure to disclose information would place the student-athlete or another person at serious and imminent risk of harm.
The student-athlete’s prior approval has been obtained.  

The maintenance of confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of professional practice, and is considered a cornerstone of the Psychology profession. The assurance of confidentiality helps me to establish relationships with student-athletes based on trust. 

How do I make an individual consultation appointment? 

By contacting your year level wellbeing team member, High Performance Manager Brent Vallance, Stephen Rendall Psychologist, Ola Luczak dietician and or talking to your Athlete Development Program teacher.

Who is Stephen Rendall?

I am a registered psychologist who works with athletes and non-athletes on a range of issues and areas including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, conflict management, anger management, sport performance issues, goal setting, stress management, relationships, self confidence, post injury / rehabilitation issues and counseling.

I have enjoyed working with athletes from a range of sports such as: Australian Rules Football, golf, powerlifting, middle distance running, diving, Paralympic athletes, cycling, horse racing and tennis to name a few. I incorporate a number of techniques when working with clients and organisations that include cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, neuropsychotherapy and a psychodynamic psychotherapy approach. I’m passionate about working with individuals to assist them in overcoming personal barriers to achieving their goals and a happy, healthy wellbeing.

I have provided services for the following teams and organisations:


  • Calder Cannons Football Club TAC Cup
  • Melbourne Victory Women's soccer team
  • Victorian Diving Association
  • Barwon Sports Academy
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Racing Victoria Jockey Assistance Program  
  • Professional memberships/affiliations:

Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Member College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists
Lecturer Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Exercise Physiology
Masters program at Victoria University
Work cover provider

Masters Applied Psychology
Graduate Diploma Applied Psychology
Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement

For further information regarding the Sport Psychology program please contact Stephen Rendall via the details below:  


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