Hughston Foundation History

The Hughston Foundation is named for Dr. Jack C. Hughston, widely considered to be the father of sports medicine. A skillful, dedicated orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Hughston took an early interest in the toll sports could take on the bones and joints of athletes, especially student-athletes. Working within his own practice, Dr. Hughston began to pioneer techniques and treatments in sports medicine that are still in use today.


As Dr. Hughston’s stature in this burgeoning new field grew nationally and internationally, he shared with others his vision of a foundation for teaching and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. After literally years of preparation, his dream became a reality with the establishment of the Hughston Foundation in 1968.


Since then, the Hughston Foundation has helped establish sports medicine as a specific subspecialty in orthopaedic surgery and developed the first residency training program in orthopaedic and sports medicine. We have provided training for over 120 orthopaedic residents, 400 fellows, and 50 primary care fellows in sports medicine, and developed and championed important techniques such as the preseason screening exam that are widely in use today. We have been instrumental in establishing some of the leading academic societies in sports medicine, and have been providing coverage of regional high school athletics for over 60 years.