Greetings all! I am new to the forum here. I have just recently obtained my EMT Initial cert. and got a conditional offer from a local agency. I am excited about starting this new path and I know it will be such an amazing journey. However, I can’t help but be worried that I am going to injure myself on the job and ruin my future career as a nurse (currently in school). I have a lot of teachers who have told me some pretty pessimistic things like: you will get hurt one day it’s just a matter of when, this job will destroy your body, etc. I am 5’11” and weigh 168 lbs so I am in pretty decent shape, but I plan to start lifting a little at the gym (maybe deadlifts and squats?) to try to condition my body for the trials ahead. The agency I got an offer at is a private company that mostly does transports, so I will likely be dealing with a lot of bariatric patients. Is it really as bad as I have heard or are my teachers just overly negative? Also, if any of you have any recommendations for exercises or preventative measures that will decrease the likelihood of injury that would be awesome. Thanks and I hope you all have a great weekend!