About Dr Bisley

Dr Karen Bisley is a Sports and Exercise Physician. She completed her medical degree at the University of Otago, graduating in 1992. She received a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (University of Auckland) and completed her GP training. Karen then specialised in Sports and Exercise Medicine and received her Diploma of Sports Medicine from the University of Auckland, and a Master of Health Science with Distinction (Sports Medicine) from the University of Otago. Karen is a joint Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian College of Sports Physicians.

Dr Karen Bisley works at Sports Physicians ACT. She diagnoses and treats both sports and non-sports patients with acute, non-acute and chronic injuries including muscles, joints, tendons. She also manages and treats fractures. She treats all regions in the body (hips, knees, ankles and feet, shoulders, elbows, wrist, neck and spine) including patients with osteoarthritis and also has an interest in concussion and biomechanics. She performs pre-exercise screening for athletes, non-athletes and those people wanting to join the Defence Force.

With her expertise in both Sports and Exercise Medicine and General Practice, she also provides high quality care to the sports and non-sports community. She strives to provide the best quality of care. Karen's background in General Practice improves her understanding of medical related problems including fatigue and female related problems such as Athletic amenorrhoea, RED-S and post-partum back, hip and groin pain.

Karen has had a wide experience in many sports. She developed a strong interest in dance and arts medicine after working with the NZ School of dance.

She has a close relationship with many specialists including Orthopaedic Surgeons, Radiologists, Physiotherapists and many other health professionals.


Regular Team Dr. for:

Since 2008 Karen has been the Canberra, Running Festival Dr.


Events Covered

Professional Memberships


"The use of skinfold measurements to predict outcome of open-water swim attempts in Cook Strait". Karen Bisley and Michael Marfell-Jones NZJSM Vol 40. No 1, 2013.

Masters dissertation: "Core body temperature in Cook Strait swimmers". University of Otago. December 2011