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The concussion test Woods passed to return to the game? Multiple reports outlined three questions:

What is today’s date?

Who is the president?

What’s 100 minus 7, minus 7, minus 7?

Lost in minutiae

Concussions are mentioned three times in the NCAA’s labyrinthine 430-page Division I manual for 2012-13. Recruit? Four-hundred ninety-five mentions. Meals? Seventy-nine mentions. Movies? Eight mentions. Bagels? Two mentions.

The bagels are part of the infamous rule that permits universities to provide bagels, fruits and nuts to athletes. A spread, such as cream cheese or peanut butter, would be a violation. (The NCAA eliminated the rule, effective in August, as part of last month’s significant downsizing of the manual.)

But the same level of minutiae that ensnared athletes for offenses such as selling championship rings and receiving free tattoos doesn’t apply to concussions. The manual’s lone reference to head injuries is the 15 lines of Rule, adopted in 2010, that instructs each university to keep a concussion management plan on file. The NCAA’s most recent sports medicine handbook devotes six pages to brain injuries, including a 70-word warning about CTE.

The plan is the crux of the NCAA’s approach. Requirements include education and athletes’ agreements to report any signs of concussion to medical staffers. One doctor’s clearance is required to return to play after a concussion diagnosis. The NFL requires two doctors’ clearances, among other prerequisites.

“It allows coaches, officials, medical providers to all be on the same page,” said David Klossner, the NCAA’s director of health and safety. “It provides a minimum standard.”

Virginia Tech’s plan, for instance, covers four pages. The University of Oregon’s is a page and a half, shorter than the NFL’s sideline concussion assessment checklist.

The process to ensure follow-through on the policies is hazy.

“That enforcement is just like any other bylaws,” Mr. Klossner said.

Has any institution been investigated or penalized for violating the rule?

“I’m not aware of that,” Mr. Klossner said. “It’s really about having a plan in place.”

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