Professional Athletes

Professional athletes playing football.

Players from NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS and more…

There’s a certain feeling that goes along with superior performance on the court or on the field — a mindset that enables the athlete to shut out everything else. Getting to that place — what we call the peak performance zone — isn’t always easy.

In fact, very often, even the best athletes faced with a high pressure situation can end up in almost the opposite position, with negative talk playing in their heads. They don’t need the other team to psych them out; they’re already doing it to themselves.

Peak Performance Strategies can show you — or your athletes — how to identify and produce the conditions to enter the zone whenever — and wherever — necessary. Master the four mind game strategies from the world of sports:

  • Control negative self talk.
  • Identify and enter your peak performance zone.
  • Prepare for competition.
  • Recover rapidly.

The following is an excerpt from Chad Pennington’s forward to Dr Dan’s book, CLICK! The Competitive Edge:

In 2007 I had a lot of time to think; that’s pretty much what you get to do when you’re spending time on the bench.  It would have been very easy to hear myself echoing the comments of a lot of sports writers and saying my career was finished or that I’d lost my touch.  But that’s not what I chose to do.

Instead, I reached out to Dr. Dan Schaefer.  I first worked with Dr. Dan in 2005 after a shoulder injury.  At that point, we used hypnosis and some other techniques to control my self-talk, restore my confidence and help me get back in the game.  But 2007 was when I really took ownership.

In order to stay in the game – and be successful in it – you have to keep it simple.  This is the biggest challenge professional athletes face. With all the variables – media attention, family responsibilities, pressure from friends and business opportunities – it’s so easy for everything to crumble.  

This core concept of who you are – Dr. Dan calls it “You, Inc.” – is important to the longevity and success of your career as an athlete, but the concept goes beyond the football field.  It goes into family life, financial life, business life. In all these areas success comes back to that core concept. If you don’t remain true to it, you can get involved in things you have no business being in.  

The techniques that Dan and I have worked on over the past six years have truly helped me keep my craft at the center.  Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to provide for my wife and three boys. There’s no manual that tells you how to be a professional athlete – or how to convert your success on the field to success off the field.  This book helps to fill that gap.

Chad Pennington
NFL Quarterback
Excerpt from Chad Pennington’s forward to Dr Dan’s book, CLICK! The Competitive Edge

Dr. Dan Schaefer helps student athletes avoid costly mistakes. You could be the best athlete in the world but a coach might not recruit you because they think you might not remain academically eligible once recruited.

All calls regarding Professional Athletes are STRICTLY confidential.

Professional Baseball

Sky view of baseball field with professional athletes playing.
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Control self talk and identify distractions. Concentration is thinking about ABSOLUTELY nothing at just the right time.

Professional & Jr. Hockey

Professional hockey golie defending goal.
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One hockey player we worked with described what entering the zone was like for him, “I don’t hear the crowd, the puck becomes the size of a dinner plate, and everything is in slow motion. That’s my zone.”

Professional Football

Professional football player diving into end zone for touchdown.
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An NFL player described it this way, “Suddenly I didn’t feel the cold. The crowd noise faded away, just completely disappeared… I could see the way the play was going to unfold.”

If you’re a coach or manager, you know how your players perform when they have that feeling. If you’re an athlete, you know the feeling itself. Get the tools to create it at will now.

Professional Golf

Dr. Dan Schaefer talking about gold. Video clip 1 of 2.
Dr. Dan Schaefer talking about gold. Video clip 2 of 2.
Dr. Dan Schaefer talking at a Gold and the Mind Game event.

When to call Dr. Dan

If you’re a coach, manager or team owner, call us when:

  • You notice a drop-off in a particular player’s performance.
  • You feel a particular player is not living up to his or her potential.
  • A player seems distracted or unfocused, on the field or off.
  • Team members are not working together effectively or consistently.

If you’re an athlete, call us when:

  • You’re having trouble concentrating.
  • You feel you have more to give to your game, but you cannot access it.
  • You find yourself in a slump.
  • Balance has become a significant issue in your life.
I welcome your 15 minute complimentary call on Zoom to talk about where you want to be.

Call or text Dr. Dan
(917) 880-6758

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