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HAMILTON, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VoxNeuro and the Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA) are joining forces to offer objective cognitive assessment to CFLAA members, including Canadian football players, former CFL players, and other communities of interest. Through the partnership, these groups will also raise awareness of long term impacts of head trauma, like concussion. For ageing Canadians who have experienced head-trauma throughout their lives, a growing concern is understanding its relationship with cognitive decline.

Under the terms of the agreement, VoxNeuro and the CFLAA will collaborate to share the message that long-term effects of head-trauma, from concussion and sub-concussive blows, are prevalent, and not exclusive to athletes who have dedicated their lives to playing impact or high-risk sports. Brain injuries can happen to anyone and each injury is unique - meaning they need to be assessed and treated accordingly.

Let’s start with the most obvious reason: The Canadian Football League is professional. The 5-3 is even more intent on stopping the run and is designed to make use of a strong middle line backer. Similar to the 5-2, the 5-3 simply replaces the free safety spot with a third linebacker, who lines up on the outside shoulder of the tight end, five yards deep and parallel with the other linebackers.

“We are excited about our collaboration with VoxNeuro. The CFLAA is committed to provide health and wellness support to our members and to the community we serve. We can only do that by aligning with like minded partners. VoxNeuro and its team are such a partner.” - Leo Ezerins, Executive Director and Founder of CFLAA

The CFLAA and VoxNeuro will introduce a significant new neurotechnology to support the health of the CFLAA’s members. The neurotechnology, which assesses cognitive function in an easily accessible clinical setting, will give guidance to providing a solution to any cognitive deficiencies the CFLAA members are experiencing.

This partnership and neurotechnology have a historical tie - VoxNeuro was founded following a breakthrough study of ex-CFL players that used the neurotechnology VoxNeuro has since advanced and made clinically available, called Cognitive Health Assessments™.

VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ combine imaging and functional tests, drawing on strengths from the most trusted brain assessments used clinically today. Betika sport betting. The data provided in a patient report differentiates between true cognitive decline and perceived decline due to symptoms caused by situational factors, such as stress, general fatigue or mood.

The ability to make these differentiations is massively impactful for this patient population who are uncertain about the health of their brain, and long-term impacts they may be experiencing from historical injuries. Regardless of the time post injury, the reports help healthcare professionals create targeted plans specific to a patient’s needs and track their performance over time.

VoxNeuro’s technology is the only cognitive assessment in the world today that uses objective, quantifiable neurophysiological data to inform healthcare providers & patients with the specifics of various cognitive brain functions, such as:

  • Executive Function
  • Memory
  • Information Processing
  • Concentration
  • Attention
  • Language Comprehension

The awareness campaign will involve various speaking engagements, events and collaborations with other not-for-profit organizations focused on brain health that both groups actively collaborate with, following the mission to improve brain health across Canada.

“Many CFLAA members have experienced numerous concussive and sub-concussive blows throughout their careers. VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ objectively confirm if their historical injuries have had an impact on their brain function. If they have, their results provide data to help direct their healthcare plans. As a part of this collaboration VoxNeuro is excited to offer an exclusive discount for all CFLAA members to help them take control of their brain health.” - James Connolly, CEO of VoxNeuro

About the Canadian Football League Alumni Association

Founded in 2008, the CFLAA supports Canadian football, former CFL players, and other communities of interest while fostering collaborative relationships with CFL stakeholders and others that enhance the well-being of its members. The CFLAA is actively involved in philanthropy with not-for-profit organizations like Never Alone Foundation (through the Never Alone Rose Project), Alzheimer’s Canada, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, CFL Fans Fight Cancer, and Canadian Concussion Center. The CFLAA is also actively involved in research, including a study of long-term neurocognitive function in their work with Canadian Concussion Center, led by Dr. Carmela Tartaglia, with an advisory committee led by Canada’s preeminent concussion doctor Dr. Charles Tator; as well as a study to explore the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, such as treating pain, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. The CFLAA is driven to find health and wellness solutions for its members to thrive and enjoy a full and dignified quality of life.

About VoxNeuro

Founded on the world-renowned research of VoxNeuro’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. John F. Connolly, VoxNeuro is headquartered at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, ON, Canada. VoxNeuro’s Cognitive Health Assessments™ help healthcare professionals streamline individualized cognitive rehabilitation and training plans, and unlock the full potential of brain performance.

VoxNeuro is a platinum sponsor of Brain Injury Canada, sharing the central mission to enhance the lives of individuals, their families & caregivers living with brain injury. VoxNeuro is working with The Kite Research Institute (KITE), the research arm of Toronto Rehab – University Health Network (UHN), to complete a multi-month study at The Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic to demonstrate how VoxNeuro’s EEG/ERP data measurement techniques can improve how concussed patient’s cognitive function is assessed and managed. VoxNeuro is a member of the Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA) first ever bi-coastal program dedicated to the development of high-potential, early-stage digital health start-ups into the San Francisco and New York healthcare ecosystems. The program is a global initiative led by the Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service.

Cognitive Health Assessments™ are available at VoxNeuro Certified Clinics.

Defensive ends ('DE') in a 4–3 defense
Outside linebackers ('OLB') in a 3–4 defense

Edge rusher (alternately edge defender or simply edge) is a term designating a position in gridiron football. Some analysts consider 'edge rusher' to be its own position entirely.[1]


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Players considered to be edge rushers are usually 4–3defensive ends or 3–4outside linebackers. Note that 3–4 outside linebackers often act as an extension of the defensive line, in that they will attack the offensive tackles or blocking tight ends on the majority of their snaps under a majority of 3–4 schemes, though it is not uncommon to see them drop back and play a more traditional 4–3 linebacker role as well.[2]

One reason the word 'edge' is used in the term 'edge rusher' is that edge often refers to the area outside of offensive tackles, but within a couple of yards of the line of scrimmage. While other positions will rarely be referred to as edge rushers, other than 4–3 defensive ends and 3–4 outside linebackers, it is common for defensive backs, traditional linebackers, and even defensive tackles to occasionally play the position on a play-to-play basis.[3]

Notable players[edit]

Notable edge rushers of the National Football League (NFL) as of the early 2020s include:[4]

  • Joey Bosa (DE)
  • Nick Bosa (DE)
  • Jadeveon Clowney (OLB/DE)
  • Myles Garrett (DE)
  • Chandler Jones (OLB)
  • Cameron Jordan (DE)
  • T. J. Watt (OLB)
  • Chase Young (DE)
  • Yannick Ngakoue (OLB/DE)

Each player's traditional position is noted in parentheses (DE for defensive end, OLB for outside linebacker).


  1. ^Holler, John (April 11, 2017). 'NFL vocabulary is changing'.
  2. ^Schalter, Ty (August 8, 2012). '4-3 vs. 3-4: Showcasing the Biggest Differences in the NFL Pass Rushes'.
  3. ^'ITP Glossary: Set The Edge'. January 12, 2016.
  4. ^Wilson, Ryan (July 7, 2020). 'Ranking top 10 EDGE rushers, defensive linemen in NFL: TJ Watt, Aaron Donald lead the way'. CBS Sports. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
Positions in American football and Canadian football
Offense (Skill position)DefenseSpecial teams
LinemenGuard, Tackle, CenterLinemenTackle, End, Edge rusherKickingPlacekicker, Punter, Kickoff specialist
Quarterback (Dual-threat, Game manager, System)LinebackerSnappingLong snapper, Holder
Running backsHalfback/Tailback (Triple-threat, Change of pace), Fullback, H-back, WingbackBacksCornerback, Safety, Halfback, Nickelback, DimebackReturningPunt returner, Kick returner, Jammer, Upman
ReceiversWide receiver (Eligible), Tight end, Slotback, EndTacklingGunner, Upback, Utility
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