James R. “Jay” Clugston, MD, CAQSM

James R. Jay Clugston

James R. “Jay” Clugston, MD, CAQSM
Associate Professor
Student Health Care Center
P.O. Box 117500
Gainesville, FL 32611-7500

Contact Information 
Phone: (352) 392-1161
Fax: (352) 392-9625
E-mail: jayclug@ufl.edu

Professional Biography

Dr. James R. Clugston is an accomplished leader in academic research and medicine. Dr. Clugston graduated from medical school at the University of Florida, completed his residency in family medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship in South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Clugston currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, as a physician at the Student Health Care Center, as a team physician for the University of Florida Athletic Association, as the director of the Sports Concussion Center at Student Health, and as the assistant director of the UF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship – a fellowship which he founded in 2007 and directed until 2011. In January of 2017, he was awarded a joint appointment as clinical associate professor in the Department of Neurology.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Clugston is also heavily involved in various sports- and concussion-related research projects. He is currently working on five funded grants, three of which he is the principal investigator. Dr. Clugston serves as a peer reviewer for several prominent sports medicine journals and he himself has numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is also a nationally recognized speaker and presenter in the field of sports medicine.


Fellowship South Bend Indiana Sports Medicine Institute and the University of Notre Dame Sports Medicine
Residency Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Tallahassee, Florida
Family Medicine
MD University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
MS University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
BS Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina

Certifications and Professional Organizations

  • Board Certified – American Board of Family Practice
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
  • Member – American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member – American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • SEC Team Physician of the Year (2018)
  • University Superior Accomplishment Award – University of Florida (2010)
  • Faculty Superior Accomplishment Award – University of Florida (2010)
  • Resident Teacher Award – Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2000)

Clinical Interests

  • Concussion Care
  • Sports Medicine

Recent Publications

For the most up to date publications by Dr. Clugston please visit: National Center for Biotechnology Information 

  • Collins MW, Kontos AP, Okonkwo DO, Almquist J, Bailes J, Barisa M, Bazarian J, Bloom OJ, Brody D, Cantu R, Cardenas J, Clugston J, Cohen R, Echemendia R, Elbin RJ, Ellenbogen R, Fonseca J, Gioia G, Guskiewicz K, Heyer R, Hotz G, Iverson GL, Jordan B, Manley G, Maroon J, McAllister T, McCrea M, Mucha A, Pieroth E, Podell K, Pombo M, Shetty T, Sills A, Solomon G, Thomas DG, Valovich McLeod TC, Yates T, Zafonte R. Statements of Agreement From the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion Meeting Held in Pittsburgh, October 15-16, 2015. Neurosurgery. 2016 Oct 12. PubMed PMID: 27741219.
  • Houck Z, Asken B, Bauer R, Pothast J, Michaudet C, Clugston J. Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussion in an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Sample. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Sep;44(9):2269-75. PubMed PMID: 27159307.
  • Herman DC, Jones D, Harrison A, Moser M, Tillman S, Farmer K, Pass A, Clugston JR, Hernandez J, Chmielewski TL. Concussion May Increase the Risk of Subsequent Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury in Collegiate Athletes. Sports Med. 2016 Aug 20;PubMed PMID: 27544666.
  • Asken BM, McCrea MA, Clugston JR, Snyder AR, Houck ZM, Bauer RM. “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal From Athletic Activity After Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. J Athl Train. 2016 Apr;51(4):329-35. PubMed PMID: 27111584; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4874376.
  • Marinides Z, Galetta KM, Andrews CN, Wilson JA, Robinson CD, Herman DC, Smith MS, Bentley BC, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ, Clugston JR. Vision testing is additive to the sideline assessment of sports related concussion. Neurology Clinical Practice. 2015 February; 5(1):25-34.
  • Zaremski JL, Herman DC, Clugston JR, Hurley RW, Ahn AH. Occipital neuralgia as a sequela of sports concussion: a case series and review of the literature. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015 Jan;14(1):16-9. PubMed PMID: 25574876; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4475344.
  • Smith MS, Friedman WA, Smith KB, Pass AN Sr, Clugston JR. Intracranial arteriovenous malformation in a college football player and return-to-play considerations. Clin J Sport Med. 2014 Nov;24(6):e62-4. PubMed PMID: 24389627.