It's just a making conversation question. Totally agree that injuries need to be addressed and not ignored. That said, what it a player had a slight fever (99.7?) or had the runs or had a really bad sore throat? Something that a motrin or imodium could address? Yet, the player instead told the coach "I have to sit out today." Is that a mark against the player?
(BTW @GoingwiththePitch book made me think of the question because there was one time he was very sick with fever and stomach issues but he still played in the game.)
My son and his roommate had food poisoning and showed up at the field. Players wanna play. No doubt. But sorry. if you are really sick you get your teammates sick. No one wins.
You went from injury to illness, two different things.
PF is correct, players will never ask to sit out. It's the staffs decision depending on situation, no matter what program you go to or how much your scholarship is or isn't.