From Crippling Tendonitis to MVP Award: How Pro Athlete Boki Nachbar Beat His Tendonitis to Feel “95% Better”

bokiImagine you had the opportunity to spend every day doing what you love and earning several Million Dollars per year doing it.

Would you take that job?

There’s just one problem.

If you can’t get your knee pain under control, the fun is over.

That was Boki Nachbar’s situation. Among other teams, Boki played professional basketball for the Houston Rockets alongside Yao Ming and for the New Jersey Nets, with Vince Carter and Jason Kidd.

Boki reached out to me for help with his tendonitis last year in August, because the knee pain was ruining his love for basketball. He wanted to keep playing without using painkillers.

Here are his results after Boki and I worked together on a detailed plan for him to follow during his off-season.

  • Won league MVP award in March after a season with horrible tendonitis
  • Feels “95% better” compared to last season
  • Most importantly: Basketball is FUN again

How to Beat Your Tendonitis Using Boki’s Approach

Boki invited me for an interview on his podcast and we talked about a number of topics you’ll find interesting such as:

  • Preventing and rehabbing knee injuries in sports, particularly tendonitis
  • Why my approach helped him get better while the advice his physical therapists gave him didn’t
  • What happens if you play through patellar tendonitis


Click here to listen to the interview.
(Use the link at the bottom of the page to download it to your device)


If you found the conversation useful, please leave a short review on iTunes.


Picture by Boštjan Nachbar

The Best Knee Pain Articles of 2015

It’s crazy how fast the last year went by. Today, the first month of 2016 is almost over as well. I can’t believe it.

One thing hasn’t changed though: I still want to help you get back to enjoying your life by beating knee pain. I’m dedicating this week to help you make it happen in 2016 and we’ll start with the two best knee pain articles I published last year.

Combined, these articles took me almost 5 months to research, write, and film. Here they are.

1: The Minimalist Method for Beating Knee Pain

I’ve always been a no-fluff guy, but with the infographic “5 Steps to Make Leg Injuries History” I took it to the extreme. This minimalist method for beating knee pain is the foundation for every successfully treatment program.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The 15 Most Effective Knee Strengthening Exercises
  • How to calculate your individual risk of knee pain
  • 7 Leg Alignment Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Knees

This is the very best way to start healing your knees. Years of research boiled down into one article.

Read the article here.

2: My Ultimate Guide on Curing Patellar Tendonitis

The exercises you learn in the “minimalist method” above work for patellar tendonitis as well, but they won’t be enough to heal completely, because getting rid of patellar tendonitis is like trying to get out of a maze. Just when you think you’re making progress, you’ll find yourself in a dead end. This guide is your way out.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Popular treatment options that are secretly weakening your tendon
  • Why patellar tendonitis keeps coming back
  • How to make your patellar tendon strong enough for your sport

Read the guide here.

– Martin

3 Shocking Truths I Learned From a Torn Meniscus

Knee injuries are commonplace these days it seems. People go off to enjoy a winter vacation and come back with an injured knee. I’ve heard many stories like these, especially after I started two years ago. Thanks to modern medicine, these knee injuries will be dealt with professionally, right? Wrong!

In 2009, I had a chance to witness first-hand to how insanely hard it can be to come back from a knee injury when my brother tore his meniscus. Here are the three major truths I learned back then.

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Proprioception, shock-absorbing shoes, faulty running mechanics and knee pain

Born to Run by Christopher McDougallThere are many interesting books you come across while reading about knee pain or exercise. One book which bridges this gap while also being very well written is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. This book is about McDougall’s own quest to fixing his running-related injuries and the original people he meets on this journey. “Born to Run” caught me slightly off guard I have to admit, because I expected the book to be more science-y and although it’s non-fiction, strictly speaking, it still reads like a novel. A novel you can’t put down until you’re through. Even if you’re not into jogging I highly recommend this book, because it’s not only entertaining, but also educating the reader. How does all that tie in with this post’s topic you might ask?

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Welcome to Fix your Knee Pain

Published: 17 November, 2011

Knee pain. Most of us have it, most of us would like to get rid of it. I myself have dealt with knee pain in some form or another during my time as a basketball player and before that when I was an avid jogger. Runners knee, patellofemoral pain, jumpers knee: Knee pain keeps you from enjoying the things you love and ultimately keeps you from enjoying anything. That is why I set out to find the root cause of the problem and fix it. Forever.

The prospect of being one of those players with knee wraps, one of those talking about tuning their “old man game” at age 27, one of those limping of the court after the final buzzer … that prospect just didn’t appeal to me. Consequently fixing my knee pain became paramount above everything else.

Now that I am completely pain-free, I would like to share with you how I did it and how you can fix your knee pain as well.

Interested?  Stay tuned for more content about knee pain in the coming weeks…