Breaking, like all active sports, involves a certain level of risk to the participant. Expect bruises, scrapes, bloody shirts, sprains, torn muscles, possible broken bones, and if you plan on a long term career doing this, expect calluses and bald spots. We as Breakers are very proud of our battle wounds and wear them like a badge of honor. We have been known to brag about them at times; we share common stories bcs it is part of the dues you must pay to earn your way to respect.
Don’t be embarrassed to use safety equipment like kneepads, beanies, elbow pads, helmets, wrist wraps, gloves, or anything else necessary to insure your safety. If you are injured, you can not dance. If you can not dance, you will not improve. If you dont improve you will not b free. Dont worry, we stopped clowning on helmets and knee pads as the 90's passed into the 2000's. Now that we have bald spots from headspins, helmets don't seem like such a bad decision. But there IS something to b said about the Breaker who can spin in a beanie.
"To train most efficiently one must have knowledge of what breaks down the body as well as what builds the body up." -Bruce Lee
Warm up & Stretch before AND AFTER practicing (especially if you are oldskool). Warm up & cool down.
When training, make sure to eat a variety of foods. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and nutrients. Meat or soy products provide protein needed to build muscles. Also Glucosamine can help keep bones and cartilage in joints healthy. Research this further.