Kinesio tape: What Michelle Wie was wearing all week at Pinehurst
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Kinesio tape: What Michelle Wie was wearing all week at Pinehurst

Michelle Wie had a lot of eyes on her this weekend as she tried to win her first career major championship at Pinehurst No. 2 in the U.S. Women's Open.

A lot of onlookers probably noticed two big bandage-looking pieces on her legs, one camo-patterned and one pink. Wie discussed them earlier in the week, explaining they were a kind of tape used to create stability within the muscles around her knee, which had been a nagging, minor problem for some time.

After her win, a lot of people are trying to figure out what's up with that tape and who makes it.

The product is called kinesio tape. Kinesio tape is essentially a really strong tape that, when applied correctly, can support muscles, joints and tendons like a brace would, yet without restricting motion in the same way braces, compression bands or wraps might. Made of cotton, it doesn't cause the rashing a latex-based material could cause.

One of the more popular makes, KT Tape can be worn for up to five days when applied, including in the shower and pool. It comes in a roll that can be cut -- kind of like gauze -- for up to 20 applications. It retails for $12-13, depending on where you shop.

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