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James "Jay" Clugston

Associate Professor/Team Physician | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Jay Clugston's expertise in non-operative sports medicine, with specific expertise in concussion management.


Dr. Jay Clugston currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine and a team physician for the University of Florida Athletic Association. He is the program director of the UF Sports Medicine Fellowship, which he founded in 2007. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Clugston is also involved in various sports — and concussion — related projects. He currently serves on the NCAA Concussion Safety Advisory Group, the publication committee of the NCAA-DoD Concussion Awareness Research and Education (CARE) Consortium and is a member of the Concussion in Sport Group. He recently served on the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group and the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. He is a frequent speaker and presenter in the field of sports medicine and is a fellow of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Concussion management

Concussion Biomarkers

Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes

Sports Related Concussion

Heat Illness

Concussion Diagnosis

Media Appearances (2)

Small changes to football practices can yield large reduction in head impacts, UF Health researchers find

UF Health  online


Shortening the time spent on the highest-risk football drills could reduce the equivalent of nearly a year’s worth of head impacts over the course of a typical player’s career, University of Florida Health researchers have found. Using helmet-mounted sensors, the researchers recorded more than 32,000 impacts during Gator football practices and scrimmages in 2016 and 2017.

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Quick action on concussion symptoms helps athletes recover faster, researchers find

UF Health  online


In the warrior ethos that permeates sports, athletes sometimes shake off injuries and stay in the game. It’s considered a measure of toughness. It also is the worst step a concussed athlete can take, according to UF Health researchers who have found that immediately getting medical care reduces concussion symptoms and ultimately gets the player back in action sooner.

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Articles (3)

Female Collegiate Athletes' Concussion Characteristics and Recovery Patterns: A Report from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium

Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Landon B. Lempke, et. al


Concussion has been described in the United States (US) collegiate student-athlete population, but female-specific findings are often underrepresented and underreported. Our study aimed to describe female collegiate student-athletes' initial injury characteristics and return to activity outcomes following concussion. Female collegiate student-athletes (n = 1393) from 30-US institutions experienced a concussion and completed standardized, multimodal concussion assessments from pre-injury...

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Achieving Consensus Through a Modified Delphi Technique to Create the Post-concussion Collegiate Return-to-Learn Protocol

Sports Medicine

Allyssa K. Memmini, et. al


Background: Sport-related concussions (SRCs) affect millions of adolescents and young adults annually in the USA; however, current SRC consensus statements provide limited guidance on academic support for students within higher education. Objective: To generate consensus on appropriate academic recommendations for clinicians, students, and academic stakeholders to support university students during their recovery.

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King-Devick Sensitivity and Specificity to Concussion in Collegiate Athletes

Journal of Athletic Training

Rachel Khinh Le, et. al


Objectives: To (1) examine the sensitivity and specificity of the K-D test at 0 to 6 hours postinjury, 24 to 48 hours postinjury, the beginning of a return-to-play (RTP) protocol (asymptomatic), unrestricted RTP, and 6 months postconcussion and (2) compare outcomes between athletes with and those without concussion across confounding factors (sex, age, sport contact level, academic year, learning disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, migraine history, concussion history, and test administration mode).

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