Columbus Community Hospital provides athletic training services to the three Columbus high schools as well as outreach services for athletic departments at Central Community College and several high schools in the surrounding area. Click here to view the map of schools included in our service area.
From game coverage to injury assessment and management to return to play, CCH’s experienced, professional staff of full-time, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists at Premier Physical Therapy are able to meet the needs of area athletes and their families.
Their goal is to keep athletes safe and ready for competition in the most efficient manner possible.
CCH’s athletic trainers have Athletic Training Certification (ATC).
The department’s staff of full-time athletic trainers also provide XLNTbrain, a neurocognitive test for concussions. Through the XLNTbrain program, CCH’s athletic trainers, sports medicine staff and CCH Concussion Management Clinic staff have access to an online platform and mobile app that includes concussion education, baseline testing, sideline assessment and recovery care plans.
XLNTbrain was developed by neurologist, Harry Kerasidis, M.D., who specializes in cognitive performance and concussions, and has spent more than 25 years studying the physiology of the brain. The program provides an in-depth platform to help all medical professionals involved with the care of a concussed athlete. It is the gold standard in terms of return to learn and return to play procedures.
CCH’s full-time athletic training staff includes Brooke Hughes, ATC; Mike Sloup, MHA, ATC; Rob Marshall, ATC; Denise Marshall, MA, ATC, Andrew Sheridan, ATC and Melissa Bultin, ATC.
Our physical therapists, Randy Perault, MSPT, Cert. MDT, ATC; Pam Perault, MS, PT, ATC and Jon Brezenski, PT, DPT, ATC, are also athletic trainers with coaching experience who provide local sports coverage.
Aliscia M. Benes, ATC
Aliscia has been a certified athletic trainer for Columbus Community Hospital since 2015. She has provided services to Boone Central High School since 2007. Aliscia received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Certified in athletic training since 2004, she previously worked at Lincoln Public Schools as the assistant athletic trainer at Lincoln East High School. Additionally, Aliscia provided athletic training services to Lindsay Holy Family through the Outreach Program at Heartland Physical Therapy. She is a member of the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, the Mid America Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Brooke Hughes, ATC
Brooke has been a certified athletic trainer and rehabilitative technician for Columbus Community Hospital since 2014. Her athletic training services take her to Scotus Central Catholic High School, as well as other area high schools. She is a 2008 graduate of Columbus Lakeview High School and continued her education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education - athletic training concentration. Brooke is involved in the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, the Mid American Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Denise Marshall, MA, ATC
Denise has been a certified athletic trainer for Columbus Community Hospital since 2007. She provides athletic training services to area and local high schools, as well as Central Community College-Columbus. She is a 2001 graduate of Ord High School, and graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 2005. She then received her master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2007. Denise is involved in the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, the Mid America Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Kim Ranslem, ATC
Kim has been a certified athletic trainer for Columbus Community Hospital since 2015. She currently provides athletic training services for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Schools. Kim is a 1995 graduate of Midland Lutheran College with a bachelor’s degree in natural science - athletic training concentration. She was previously the head athletic trainer for the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She performed outreach services for seven years before returning back to northeast Nebraska.
Mike Sloup, MHA, ATC
Mike has been a certified athletic trainer for Columbus Community Hospital since 2003. He provides athletic training services to Columbus Lakeview High School, as well as outreach coverage to Schuyler. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic training from Midland Lutheran College in 1999. He completed his master’s degree in health care administration from Bellevue University in 2006. Mike previously worked at Omaha Benson High School and Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD, where he worked with the hockey team. He has been involved with the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association since 2005, and the Mid America Athletic Trainers Association since 2008. He is currently the NSATA Vice President.
Rob Marshall, ATC
Rob Marshall, ATC, is a 1989 graduate of St. Edward High School. Rob continued his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 1995. He has worked as an athletic trainer in the Columbus area since 1995. Rob is the program director for athletic training with Columbus Community Hospital. He has worked with several outpatient physical therapy clinics, providing athletic training services for local and area high schools. Rob has helped develop concussion legislation in the state of Nebraska to make sure the health care of student-athletes in Columbus, the surrounding area, and the state of Nebraska, is the best that it can be. Rob was influential in helping Columbus High School become the first high school in the state of Nebraska to receive the honor of the Safe Sports Schools Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. In addition to his duties at Columbus Community Hospital, Rob also serves as the director of athletic training services for the Columbus Area Youth Football League and Nebraska USA Wrestling. Rob is involved in the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, the Mid America Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. He also is a member of the United Way Big Pals/Little Pals in Columbus.
For more information about CCH’s athletic training services or XLNTbrain concussion testing, please call our professional training staff at 402-562-7346.
Premier Physical Therapy
3100 23rd Street, Suite 15
Columbus, NE 68601
Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday. (Noon appointments are also available on Saturday.)