Bouncing While Mountain Biking
We don’t have a lot of mountains around Fort Atkinson, but we do have a few mountain bike trails. Some of these use the natural terrain, while others are built to test your skills as a biker.
In either type of trail, you may experience a lot of jolting and bouncing as you ride. Some of it is from hitting gnar, while some of it is from hopping your bike over the terrain. These jolts can stress the connections between your skull and your jaw. Your jaw just hangs from your skull–it has no other bony support, so this type of stress can put you at risk for jaw tension and dislocated discs.
You might also be clenching your jaw from stress or effort on the trail.