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Dr Stephen Kara

Sport and Exercise Physician


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Stephen is a Doctor at Axis and has worked extensively in rugby as doctor to The Blues (for 10 years), Auckland NPC Rugby, Counties Manukau Rugby, The Maori All Blacks and New Zealand U19 Rugby Teams. He has also been a tournament Physician for the ASB Classic. Stephen has a particular interest in concussion and injury prevention.


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Stephen is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar at Axis. He has a background in general practice and completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine in 1998. For the past 15 years, he has worked in rugby medicine with provincial teams, national teams and Super Rugby side The Blues. Stephen began his time at Axis as the lead clinician in our dedicated sports concussion clinic. His interest in concussion is generated from his time involved in contact sports and has led to an education role with NZ rugby for community based rugby and referees.

Stephen was a long standing team doctor for The Blues Super rugby side, a position he held for 10 years from 2008. His previous appointments include Counties-Manukau, Auckland, NZ Under 19 and Maori All Black rugby teams. He was a tournament medical officer for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and is currently an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care.

Outside of medicine, Stephen enjoys the feeling of hitting the perfect golf shot, rarely achieved but always imagined, and of a fish on the end of a line. He has become a supporter of the performing arts thanks to his three children who are all involved in dance.

Team Involvement and Achievements

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  1. Tournament Physician ASB Classic tennis tournament 2019, 2020
  2. Research interests include concussion and injury prevention


  1. Team Doctor Blues Super rugby team
  2. Team Doctor Auckland ITM Cup Rugby  2004 -  2007 / 2012- 2015
  3. Team Doctor Counties-Manukau ITM Cup Rugby  2002 – 2003
  4. Team Doctor NZ Maori All Black Rugby 2011 – 2012
  5. Team Doctor NZ Under 19 Rugby  2004 – 2007
  6. Medical Officer NZ Men's Hockey 1995 – 1998