When I was a concert flautist the state of my hands was never an issue, so I never noticed how hard I am on them. I always have a few scratches and at least one band-aid holding something together and just never gave it any thought. As a bass player I find I lose at least one day a week of playing because my hands are in such a bad state (and winter makes it worse). From clipping my nails too short to callouses splitting open and I always fighting my hands to keep playing. When performing I have split a finger and just kept going (thank goodness I was playing a solid-black bass) but for practice I don't have the same endurance. Any advice? What is your care regimen, or do you just play through the pain?