Mental conditioning is something to the effect of “supporting sportspersons to attain the most ideal state of mind for on-field performance, as consistently as possible”.
A mental conditioning coach focuses primarily on the mental state for on-field performance, or may focus much more broadly on the athlete’s life both inside and outside of the game, with the premise that everything that happens in an individual’s life may have a direct impact on their on-field state of mind.
Each athlete will respond differently to different mental conditioning coaches/ sport psychologists, as they will respond differently to different methodologies, and will respond differently at different stages of their own careers or stages of their personal development. Thus no one approach and no one mental conditioning coach or psychologist will be ideal for every athlete. The ultimate responsibility of the mental conditioning coach or psychologist is to offer his or her best efforts to support the athlete to be the best they can be, whilst holding the athletes development as their primarily focus and intention.