Polly Dhar (she/her)

Senior Physiotherapist - APAM

Polly (she/her) was drawn to injury prevention and rehabilitation after suffering a serious trampolining injury when she was young. With an understanding of the life of elite athletes she has had the privilege of working with Cirque du Soleil, Circus OZ, Gymnastics Australia, Scottish Gymnastics, British Gymnastics, Melbourne Victory W-league, Matildas and has worked at the 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Glasgow & 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  


Qualifying in the UK from King’s College London in 2002, Polly completed her rotation in London where she specialised in neurological rehabilitation. Initially working in Nepal, Polly moved to Scotland where she adapted her neurological rehabilitation experience to work in elite sport rehabilitation. This led her to work with both Olympic and Commonwealth athletes at the Sports Scotland- Institute of Sport. Whilst in Scotland Polly worked at the Scottish Institute of Sport, and Scottish Football Association. This gave her the opportunity to be involved in developing and monitoring injury prevention screenings in gymnastics, curling and football. Traveling extensively with both the Great Britain and Scottish teams for European and World Championships. 


Since moving to Melbourne in 2011, Polly has worked for Australian Triathlon and Football Federation Australia.  Here she has developed a specific injury prevention screening and individualised programs for triathlon and women’s football. She has also developed a pre activation program and daily monitoring for the Melbourne Victory W-League team. 


In 2018 she was able to combine both her passions by working with Cirque du Soleil in Montreal. Firstly as head therapist on the creation of a new Show BAZZAR and then in head office developing a Performance Medical Centre of Excellence. 


Polly is passionate about individual injury prevention, rehabilitation, and movement patterning, but most of all enjoys seeing injury reduction and performance improvement at any level of sport.



BSc.(Hons) Physiotherapy Kings College London 2002

FIFA Diploma

Postgraduate in Rehabilitation and Participation 2008 Strathclyde University Glasgow



Australian Physiotherapy Association 

Association of Physiotherapist with an interest in Sports and Exercises Medicine



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