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A Prisoner's Dilemma with Asymmetrical Payoffs: Revealing the Challenges Faced by Performing Arts Health and Wellness Practitioners

Gongbing Shan, Peter Visentin
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 25 Number 1: Page 39 (March 2010)

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Abstract: In a prisoner's dilemma, constructed narratives are used to demonstrate problems within individual rationality and decision-making. Performing artists can be seen as facing a type of prisoner's dilemma in their careers: they must practice repeated movements for long periods in order to improve, yet despite the short-term perception of gained artistic benefit, the long-term consequences may be playing-related musculoskeletal disorders and injury. To help avoid such an outcome, educators and health and wellness practitioners must function as negotiators, engaging in discussions of artistry as part of establishing credibility and encouraging behaviors that keep artists in efficient, healthy behaviors. By setting practice time limits that are considerate of the intensity of each specific task, performers can improve their performance on a daily basis and become more skilled at planning their future training.

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