How strong do you need to be to become a paramedic?
Generally speaking, if you are a normal paramedic and work out of an Ambulance, you should primarily be thinking and using your mind, not your arms (and back). However, there will be times when you just can’t get a patient out of a tight position without using some sort of manual handling technique. It is for these times that it is important to maintain you core strength, so that you don’t injur your back.
Paramedics have a very high incidence of lower back injuries as a result of either poor lifting techniques, or more commonly, patients falling and pulling on paramedics as they fall. At the end of the day, if you don’t think you can lift a patient safely, you shuld be calling for more assistance such as more paramedics or fire officers.