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Dr. Tim Brown breaks down whDr. Tim Brown breaks down why new age taping abilities are helping everybody from surfers to Olympians perform bettery surfers like Dane Reynolds and Kelly Slater are such freaks

Updated: August 31, 2012, 6:27 AM ET
By Dr. Tim Brown

It almost seems impossible to have watched an Olympic event these without seeing strips of tape in every color placed over any number of body parts. You see it on athletes from every country sticking out of shirts sleeves, shorts or virtually any part of exposed skin. As of late surfing's no different. One can look no further than the return of Dusty Payne from an ankle injury to see it.

You may have wondered, "What's up with all that?" Is it a fad, like power balance or ...

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