- offering pain 'literacy' resources to manage pain more knowledgeably and safely.
- the better that pain is understood, the better the chance of improvement and 'normalising' again.
- this probably sounds strange, but when you look into it further you will hopefully understand how this works!
My name is Kal Fried (pronounced Freed). I am an experienced sports and exercise medicine physician with a keen (possibly now obsessive) interest in the pain neurobiology and the practical clinical applications of pain science.
My aims in setting up this site
I am often asked for references and resources to support information given in my presentations, medical reports and also in general patient management. So here they are all in one spot ...
I will endeavour to keep the information updated as much as possible so don't just visit once.
It is a work in progress.
Managing a painful condition, and especially musculoskeletal / orthopaedic pain, without comprehensive science-based pain literacy is like building a house without a solid foundation ...
Shortish Bio etc.
I attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Sports Physicians in 1995 and have gained extensive experience in this field both before and after that milestone. I worked for five years in the Victorian snowfields, before joining the Melbourne Football Club (AFL) in the mid 1990's. I was a medical officer there for a total of 15 years with Dr Andrew Daff, as well as another 2 years with the Collingwood Football Club in the VFL. I was appointed as the AFL Australian International Rules team doctor in 2011 and 2013. I have also supported other elite sporting teams including the Australian Diamonds netball team in 2012. I have been with the TAC and WorkSafe as a medical advisor on the Clinical Panel and on various projects over many years, and I am also an Independent Medicolegal Examiner. In addition to general sports medicine I have developed a particular interest in the neurobiology of pain, the potential to 'de-sensitise' persistent pain, the biopsychosocial model of care, and exercise & conditioning prescription.